Former FBI CI Kamran Faridi Sentenced To Seven Years For Threatening To Kill His Colleagues
LONDON: Former US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confidential informant Kamran Faridi, 56, who facilitated the arrest of Karachi businessman Jabir Motiwala in London in August 2018, said was jailed and convicted in a dramatic turn for threatening to kill his former FBI colleagues, according to court documents filed in the Southern District of New York and seen by this correspondent.
Faridi was jailed for forwarding threats to three former FBI colleagues – her FBI supervisor, an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) officer, and her former FBI manager, who had recently retired – in County of Westchester in New York, where the headquarters of the JTTF are located. is located.
His conviction is unrelated to the Jabir Motiwala extradition case, but what happened to Faridi and Motiwala is a gripping story.
Faridi was born in Karachi but emigrated to the United States in the early 1990s where he was granted a green card after agreeing to work for the FBI in some of the organization’s most dangerous operations. Faridi lived in Florida with his American wife Kelley for over a decade and worked as a confidential informant for over 20 years. He was a central figure in the nine-year FBI entrapment operation that made headlines around the world as it bore the names of Dawood Ibrahim and Jabir Motiwala.
The downfall of Faridi – who worked for the FBI from 1995 until February 2020 and flew several top secret missions in Pakistan – began on March 2, 2020, when he was arrested at London Heathrow Airport while he was trying to enter Miami with his wife. Kelley.
They had traveled to London to celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary, but Kamran also intended to testify in the UK High Court against the FBI for allegedly ordering him to lie about Jabir Motiwala’s involvement in importation of class A drugs, extortion, money laundering. and ties to company D (name given by the Indian media to the organized crime syndicate founded and controlled by Dawood Ibrahim).
The FBI had learned of Faridi’s intention to make a witness statement after listening to tapped telephone conversations between him and London lawyers for Motiwala.
While Kelley was allowed to stay in the UK, Faridi was sent back to the US in chains that same evening with an FBI escort, although no immigration hearing had taken place.
He landed at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City on March 3, 2020, where he was greeted by more than a dozen U.S. government officials, who accused him of being a threat to national security , strip-searched him, detained him in a cell, allegedly without food or water for several hours, and then brought him to court where he faced felony charges on three counts.
According to court documents signed by an FBI special agent newly assigned to the JTTF, after clashing with her FBI managers, Faridi sent them a series of threatening text messages on February 17 and 19, 2020, including threats to dead.
He was later charged with also informing several former FBI targets that they were under FBI surveillance.
Faridi’s former FBI colleagues further accused him of siding with those he had been tasked with trapping and warned he had “gone to the dark side,” a claim Faridi vigorously denied. in his defense in court as well as his conversation with this correspondent. from his prison cell.
Nonetheless, he was locked in an overcrowded county jail for the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was tried in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, where U.S. prosecutors told the court that before arriving in London in March 2020, Faridi made multiple death threats between the February 17 and February 19, 2020 to his former colleagues at JTTF – who directs nearly all of the FBI’s “war on terror” operations inside and outside the United States – via email and text.
The prosecution told the court that in February 2020, Faridi threatened to assault and murder a federal law enforcement officer with intent to obstruct, intimidate and interfere with the officer while engaged in the performance of his official duties. They also accused him of sending over a hundred messages during this period containing threats such as “you will pay for my family to suffer and my friends to be hurt”.
Other threats included saying he was prepared to die for his rights, threatening to kill FBI agents for “taking money from my cancerous wife and drugs from my sick parents” and ” tear your heart out ”.
Faridi did not dispute the evidence and confirmed that he sent threatening messages, but replied that he temporarily lost his temper after learning that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intended to conduct an audit – effectively freezing all of his bank accounts – after the FBI terminated his employment and refused to reimburse him about $ 100,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.
He claimed it was punishment for his refusal to continue Operation Motiwala and other allegedly dubious entrapment cases. He refused to testify under oath against Motiwala, refused to manipulate FBI evidence to strengthen the US government’s case against Motiwala, and confessed that he helped “create evidence” to link Motiwala to Dawood Ibrahim.
According to FBI testimony seen by this correspondent, Faridi wrote to his former colleagues that he would shoot them if they pursued him in unmarked cars.
According to court documents, Faridi was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.
His lawyers told the court that Faridi was increasingly concerned about the FBI’s alleged entrapment methods, which he said were based on a little-known provision of the Patriot Act passed in 2006 that established “a new narco crime. -terrorism ”.
Faridi’s relationship with the FBI began to deteriorate when she was asked to lie about the activities of her targets in affidavits, choose innocent people from lines of FBI suspects, and commit other “criminal offenses.” Just to get convictions. He refused to continue.
Motiwala, who now lives in Karachi, was arrested at the Hilton London Metropole in Paddington on August 16, 2018 by the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit following a US request in connection with an alleged plot according to Faridi initiated by and facilitated by the JTTF.
The US case against Motiwala collapsed in April this year after Faridi alleged that he was coerced by the FBI into setting up the Karachi businessman and that he helped the FBI create false evidence.
After the United States withdrew from its case in the High Court in London, Motiwala returned home as a free man. He now intends to prosecute British authorities for holding him in Wandsworth Prison in London for 32 months on “trumped up” charges and to refer his main witness, Faridi, to the courts. United States to allegedly prevent him from testifying to the “illegal” acts of the FBI.
Meanwhile, Kelley Faridi has been diagnosed with cancer but must continue to work to raise funds for Kamran Faridi’s appeal as she is the sole breadwinner.