Imam, Islamists, Jailed in Lexington, KY, Murder Plot

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FBI officials say the Lexington Islamic Center Imam Mahlmoud Shalash plotted with two others to have someone murdered. The three are held on federal felony charges pending trial. (Lex18 News photo)

Lex18 News– The imam and president of the Lexington Islamic Center has been arrested, along with two other men, on federal charges related to an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Authorities said 70-year-old Mahmoud Shalash was charged Thursday.

He and 34-year-old Abdul Hadi and 31-year-old John Sadiqullah face counts on conspiracy and using interstate facility in the commission of a murder-for-hire plot. According to an affidavit, the three men wanted to have someone kill another man for $10,000 over a business dispute.

The men made an initial appearance Friday in Lexington federal court and are scheduled to return Tuesday for a detention hearing. The men currently are being held in the Woodford County Detention Center.

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