Lawyers: Plea deal likely in imam NYC terror case

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 3, 2010 01:18



NEW YORK — Prosecutors say they're close to reaching a plea deal with an imam accused of lying to FBI agents investigating a foiled suicide bomb plot against New York City.




Ahmad Afzali made a brief appearance Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Both prosecutors and Afzali's attorney indicated in their remarks to a judge that a plea deal was likely. He's due back in court Thursday.




Authorities arrested Afzali last year amid the investigation of admitted al-Qaida associate Najibullah Zazi. He pleaded guilty last week to plotting to use homemade bombs in a "martyrdom operation" against the subways.




Prosecutors say Afzali alerted Zazi by telephone that he was under surveillance when he arrived in New York in September to carry out the attack.



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