Lawyers: Plea deal likely in imam NYC terror case

March 3, 2010 01:18


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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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