Suspect in New York City bomb plot found guilty
Prosecutors say Adis Medunjanin was trained by al Qaeda and that he planned to bomb the New York subway system.
May 1st, 2012
03:19 PM ET

Suspect in New York City bomb plot found guilty

A Bosnian immigrant accused of plotting to bomb New York City's subway system as an "al Qaeda terrorist" has been found guilty on all counts.

Adis Medunjanin was charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda. He faces life in prison.

In closing arguments late last week at a federal court in Brooklyn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger said that Medunjanin was willing "to strap a suicide bomb to himself, walk into a New York City subway and blow it up."

Prosecutors had argued that Medunjanin traveled to Pakistan's tribal belt with two friends, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, where he sought to join the Taliban but ended up being recruited by al Qaeda to perform a suicide mission back in America.

Upon their return to the United States, prosecutors contend that Medunjanin and his two friends hatched a plan to rig backpacks with explosives and blow them up.

But Gottlieb denies his client had a role in such a bomb plot.

Co-conspirators Zazi, an immigrant from Pakistan, and Ahmedzay, an immigrant from Afghanistan, have pleaded guilty to planning the attack with him and are awaiting sentencing. Both men have cooperated with the government and testified at Medunjanin's trial.

Medunjanin's attorney, Robert Gottlieb, denied those accounts, insisting his client traveled to Pakistan "not to join al Qaeda, but to join the Taliban in fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan."

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  1. ddpp

    I am not surprised; muslims population in prisons is on raise in Americas, Europe, Asias, and Middle East.

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