Lexington Islamic leader charged in murder for hire plot

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Islamic leader in Lexington and two others are charged in a murder for hire plot.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports an informant posing as a hit man first met with Islamic Center of Lexington leader Mahmoud Shalash. Shalash told the informant a person owed him $80,000 and asked the informant to do whatever he had to to get the money back.

According to affidavits, two associates of Shalash later asked the informant to kill a second person they believed had cheated them in business deals. John Sadiqullah is charged along with with Shalash in federal court in Lexington. Abdul Hadi faces the same charges in a separate case filed also filed in Lexington.

Attorneys for the three men did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment on Sunday.