Lawyers: Plea deal likely in imam NYC terror case

Prosecutors are close to coming to terms with accused terror suspect

Published March 2, 2010 10:41PM (EST)

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 (AKH'-mahd ahf-ZAH'-lee) 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 (nah-jee-BOO'-lah ZAH'-zee). Zazi 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.

By Associated Press

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