Man involved in bomb plot inquiry leaves U.S.
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.