The investigation into and proscecution of an alleged terrorist plot against the city continued this past week with the indictment of the main suspect’s father and revelations about why police moved against defendant Najibullah Zazi when they did.
Zazi’s father, Mohammed Zazi, is charged with making a false statement in a matter involving terrorism — an allegation that could bring an eight-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine if he is convicted.
The elder Zazi was indicted in Colorado on Oct. 8. According to the indictment, he “did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement” to FBI agents when he told them that he had not discussed whether his son “was in any trouble” with anyone.
The government charges that Zazi did in fact discuss his son’s legal situation with an imam in Flushing.
Meanwhile Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the press that police arrested the younger Zazi, who is charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, because early last month he raced back to the city from Colorado at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, raising fears that he planned a bombing on the anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks.
— Peter C. Mastrosimone