NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two women arrested last month for plotting to build a homemade bomb and wage jihad in New York City pleaded not guilty Thursday during a brief court appearance in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.
Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, both wore blue prison garb as their attorneys entered the pleas on their behalf to an indictment charging them each with a count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and teaching how to make such a device. Siddiqui was also charged with lying to FBI agents.
An attorney for Siddiqui said he plans on fighting the charges. Velentzas, donning a hijab, smiled at supporters in the gallery as she was brought into the court. Those supporters declined to speak to reporters.