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