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US court upholds conviction of Islamists in JFK bomb plot

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2013 | 12:16 PM

A U.S. appeals court has upheld the convictions of two Islamic militants who were arrested and charged in 2007 with participating in a plot to bomb New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The court declined to throw out a 2010 jury verdict against Russell Defreitas, 69, and Abdul Kadir, 61 – both Guyanese nationals, who were found guilty of conspiracy to carry out acts of terrorism.

The court also upheld the life sentences for the men, saying neither provided a persuasive argument that the prison terms were unreasonable in light of their convictions of conspiring to explode pipelines and jet fuel tanks at the airport.