JAMAICA — A Trinidadian imam who was part of a failed bomb plot at John F. Kennedy International Airport was rightfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison, a federal appeals court said, according to the New York Post.
Kareem Ibrahim, 68, was arrested in 2007 and convicted in 2011 of multiple conspiracy counts in the murderous plot.
The Associated Press reported the man’s testimony alleged he only went along with the scheme out of fear for his safety, hoping it would slowly fade away. He contested the conviction, but the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled the trial fair and rejected his argument, the Post reported.
The AP said the man joined the plot when a former worker at the Queens airport and secret FBI informant met with him at his Trinidadian home in May 2007 to discuss the plans. There, he helped provide advice and religious instruction in support of the bomb plot, the court said.
Two others were also convicted of conspiracy charges and are serving life prison sentences, the AP reported. A fourth man pleaded guilty to helping provide material support and was sentenced to 15 years.