US cleric pleaded guilty to lying to FBI about NYC subway plot

On March 5, 2010, Imam Ahmad Afzali pleaded guilty to charges of lying to FBI agents regarding his role in a plot to detonate explosives in the New York City subway system. Afzali, a former New York City cleric, was arrested in September 2009 for tipping off a terror suspect that he was under investigation. Despite Afzali's warning, two suspects, Adis Mendunjanin and Zaerein Ahmedzay, were indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for planning the bombing of the subways in Februarry 2010. The indictments followed a guilty plea by Najibullah Zazi, the third suspect whom Afzai had initially warned.

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