Father and son, imam accused in terror probe

(JTA) – Three men charged with lying in a terror investigation were set to appear in court.

The men, a father and son from Denver, and an imam from New York were set to make separate appearances Monday in two states.

Late Saturday night, the FBI arrested suspected al-Qaida operative Najibullah Zazi, 24, in Colorado. Zazi was at the center of an investigation that led to the Sept. 15 raid of two New York City apartments following his cross-country visit.

Zazi’s father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, also was arrested. Both Zazis are U.S. citizens.

The FBI also brought in Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, of Flushing, N.Y.  He is the imam of a local mosque.

A computer file containing nine pages of handwritten notes on how to make a bomb was found in the rental car of one of the men, and resembles the younger Zazi’s handwriting, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing the criminal complaints filed in New York and Colorado.

Authorities had interviewed the men several times over three days, but the younger Zazi stopped cooperating with the authorities on Saturday. The three are charged with one count each of making false statements.
 

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