Man in­volved in bomb plot in­quiry leaves U.S.

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

NEW YORK — An imam en­tan­gled in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a sui­cide bomb plot against New York sub­way sta­tions left the U.S. af­ter plead­ing guilty to ly­ing to the FBI. Among his fi­nal words on U.S. soil, his lawyer said, were “God bless Amer­ica.” Ah­mad Wais Afzali and his wife, Fatima, are mov­ing to Mecca, where Fatima got a job teach­ing English, said the lawyer, Ron Kuby. Afzali, un­der the terms of his plea April 15, was sen­tenced to time served — four days — but or­dered to leave the coun­try in 90 days. Au­thor­i­ties sought help last fall from the imam as they scram­bled to thwart the plot by Na­jibul­lah Zazi, a Colorado air­port van driver who pleaded guilty in the case. The 38-year-old imam said he had wanted to help but lied un­der grilling by the FBI about his phone con­ver­sa­tions with Zazi.

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