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.