Ahmad Afzali, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a deal sparing him serious jail time, was scheduled for sentencing Thursday in Brooklyn. He will be required to leave the country after completing the sentence or face deportation.
Afzali was arrested in September as federal authorities scrambled to thwart a plot by Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport van driver who is the case’s principal suspect. Afzali has said that he had wanted to help authorities, but lied under grilling by the FBI about his phone conversations with Zazi.
Zazi has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators. Prosecutors hope he can help them trace the plot back to its roots inPakistan, where Zazi and former high school friends allegedly traveled in 2008 to seek terror training.
After returning to the United States, the plotters allegedly hoped to detonate bombs on trains at two of the city’s biggest subway stations:Times Square and Grand Central Terminal, according to two officials. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the investigation.
Zazi admitted that he tested bomb-making materials in a Denver suburb before traveling by car to New Yorkintending to attack the subway system to avenge U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.
Source: Coleen Long for Yahoo! News AP.