A U.S. citizen was charged in Brooklyn Thursday with conspiring to provide support to terrorists who sought to kill Americans abroad.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected Adis Medunjanin’s claims that his 2012 trial was unfair because statements he made to FBI agents and police detectives should have been suppressed.
Prosecutors said Naseer was an al-Qaeda operative who collected bomb-making materials and scouted potential targets as part of Najibullah Zazi’s plot to carry out coordinated suicide bombing attacks.
Abid Naseer, 26, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday afternoon from England to stand trial in Brooklyn. He will be arraigned on Monday.
A jury found Adis Medunjanin guilty of all counts for his role in a terror plot that federal authorities say was one of the closest calls since Sept. 11, 2001.
Adis Medunjanin, a former security guard, agreed to become a suicide bomber targeting the New York City subway system, prosecutors said. The plan has been called the most significant terror plot on United States soil since 9/11.
Prosecutors say Adis Medunjanin and two of his Flushing high school classmates planned to bomb city subways in 2009.
A British man who trained to be a shoe bomber a decade ago said Osama bin Laden told him shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks that he believed a follow-up terrorism attack could doom the American economy.
Najibullah Zazi, 26, has pleaded guilty and is testifying for the government now, but in 2009 he was still maintaining his innocence in a plot to suicide bomb the New York City underground, saying things like “I am not involved with al Qaeda.”
In court Tuesday, Zazi, with short hair and a beard, was asked if he could identify one of the two men who were committed to killing New Yorkers. He pointed to the defendant and said in a clear voice, “I see Medunjanin.”
As a stoic Adis Medunjanin looked on, one of his alleged partners, Zareim Ahmedzay, told jurors on Monday that Medunjanin was a willing participant in the terrorist plot against New York City.
A New York City man accused in one of the most serious terror plots since the Sept. 11 attacks has pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment.
A man charged in a failed terror plot against the New York City subway system has pleaded not guilty.