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Afghan man convicted of conspiring to commit kidnapping

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 12:08:33-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — An Afghan man is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison for conspiring to commit kidnapping and murder-for-hire which targeted a victim and his minor son.

Following a five-day trial, Fnu “John” Sadiqullah, 32, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.

According to evidence, Sadiqullah believed that the victim owed him tens of thousands of dollars. After repeated attempts to try to get his money back through persistent visits to the victim’s place of business, Sadiqullah contacted Mahmoud Shalash to help him get his money back. Shalash had been working with a confidential human source, for whom Shalash had laundered approximately $100,000. Shalash introduced the confidential source to Sadiqullah as an individual who could collect debts, by any means necessary.

Evidence at trial demonstrated that Sadiqullah and the confidential source proceeded to agree to kidnap the victim or his son, attempt to retrieve the money, and then, if necessary, kill the victim. Three days later, when Sadiqullah learned that the victim was in Lexington, Sadiqullah, along with other friends, cornered the victim at his place of business and called the confidential source to carry out the plan. The confidential source, who had been working for the FBI during this entire period of time, reported the incident to the FBI, which then took the victim and his son into protective custody.

Sadiqullah will appear for sentencing on June 11, 2020.