GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ A Guyanese judge denied bail Wednesday for two sons of a suspect accused of plotting to bomb New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, ordering the pair to remain in jail on charges of illegal possession of ammunition.
Kareem and Iqra Kadir, sons of plot suspect Abdul Kadir, 55, a former opposition legislator in Guyana, pleaded not guilty when they made their first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Melissa Robertson-Ogle on the illegal munitions charge.
Prosecutors said a single round of ammunition for a high-powered rifle, which the brothers were not licensed to own, was found hidden at their home in the eastern Guyanese city of Linden during a search by local police and FBI agents on Sunday.
Defense attorney James Bond told the judge that the Kadir's home in Linden was scoured previously by local police and no illicit material was ever found.
After the hearing, Petal Kadir, wife of 29-year-old Kareem, who is an Iranian-trained cleric, alleged the ammunition was planted by authorities. ``Our family is not involved in that sort of thing,'' she said, visibly distraught.
Police spokesman John Sauers said the ammunition ``was found after a search was conducted,'' and would not provide specifics.
The suspects' father, Abdul Kadir, was arrested earlier this month in Trinidad and Tobago and is accused of participating in a Muslim terror cell that planned to blow up a jet fuel artery that feeds the New York airport. The elder Kadir is being held in Trinidad with two other suspects until a hearing on a U.S. request for their extradition.
Kadir's sons were not implicated in U.S. court documents filed on the alleged plot.