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Not-guilty plea in terrorism case

October 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The father of an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terrorist attack in New York City pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to investigators.

Mohammed Zazi, 53, was indicted Thursday for allegedly making a false statement in a matter involving terrorism.

Federal authorities accuse Zazi's son, Najibullah, who is being held without bond in New York, of trying to make homemade explosives using ingredients from beauty-supply stores in the Denver area.

In an affidavit filed last month, investigators say the elder Zazi placed a 20-minute call to a New York imam while his son was in the city on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. He also spoke by phone with his son and told him he should hire an attorney, according to the document.

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