Thursday, July 22, 2010
Former PNC Parliamentarian spied for Iran.
The former government official, Abdul Kadir, admitted under cross-examination that he drafted regular reports for the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, which included details like the low morale in the Guyanese army.
The documents he drafted included a five-year development plan to promote Islam in Guyana, which included references to infiltrating the military, police and other government agencies.
Mr. Kadir appeared surprised by the direction of the questioning, and after initially denying that he was in contact with Iranian officials, admitted to it after being confronted with the material he had written. Nevertheless, he said he was not a spy, saying he was focused instead on promoting Islam. “Is it fair to say you’re a spy for the Iranian government?” asked Marshall L. Miller, the lead federal prosecutor on the case.
“No sir,” replied Mr. Kadir.
Mr. Kadir was arrested three years ago while traveling to Iran, where he had traveled several times before and where his children had been educated.
A flash drive he was carrying included photos of him and his children posing with guns, which prosecutors suggested he would use to suggest his willingness to stage an attack but which he said were just toys.
The revelations caught trial observers off guard and prompted questions about the decision by his lawyers to put Mr. Kadir, a Muslim convert who was mayor of Linden, the second largest city in Guyana, before serving in Parliament, on the stand.
Until Wednesday he had appeared to be a secondary figure in the trial, with most of the focus on his co-defendant Russell De Freitas, who was captured on audio recordings talking extensively about his plans to blow up the fuel tanks at Kennedy Airport, where he used to work as a cargo handler.