Feds charge Kentucky Islamic Center leader with hiring a hitman

Feds charge Kentucky Islamic Center leader with hiring a hitman
Mahmoud Shalash (Image: Woodford County Detention Center)

[Ed. – Other than that he seems nice.]

An Islamic leader and two others in Kentucky have been arrested and charged in a murder-for-hire plot.

Islamic Center of Lexington leader Mahmoud Shalash, John Sadiqullah and Abdul Hadi are charged in federal court with use of interstate facilities in commission for murder for hire and conspiracy.

Attorneys for the three men did not respond to emails requesting comment on Sunday.

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Police affidavits filed last week in federal court give the following account of events: An informant posing as a hit man first met with Shalash in March at a Lexington motel. Shalash told the informant that a person — referred to as “Victim #1” in court filings — owed him $80,000, and Shalash wanted his money back.

When the informant asked if Shalash wanted Victim #1’s legs broken, Shalash at first said ‘no’ but later agreed. In a subsequent meeting Shalash told the informant, “Do whatever you have to do to get my money back,” the affidavits state.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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