LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — 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, along with 34-year-old Abdul Hadi and 31-year-old John Sadiqullah, on charges of conspiracy and using interstate facility in the commission of a murder-for-hire plot.
According to an affidavit by the investigator in the caes, 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.