US trial: Father helped son hide NY subway bomb plot

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July 18, 2011 21:10

 
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NEW YORK - A Colorado man lied to FBI agents and helped destroy chemicals used by his son to build homemade bombs he intended to use in an attack on New York City's subway system, a prosecutor said at trial on Monday.

Afghanistan-born US citizen Mohammed Zazi, 55, is on trial on charges of obstructing the investigation into a plot by his son, Najibullah Zazi, 26, to bomb the subway in 2009 using instructions from al-Qaida operatives the son trained with in Pakistan.

In opening arguments to a Brooklyn federal court jury, prosecutor Andrew Goldsmith said the FBI was frantically trying to stop a suspected attack -- knowing neither the intended target nor the attacker -- when they showed up on Mohammed Zazi's doorstep in Aurora, Colorado, in September 2009.

Goldsmith said that Mohammed Zazi's efforts to thwart the investigation included telling family members to lie and helping to destroy chemicals, masks and other evidence.

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