Imam in terror case pleads not guilty

Nov. 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A New York imam accused of alerting a suspected al-Qaida operative he was under surveillance pleaded not guilty Monday during his arraignment.

Ahmad Afzali's next federal court hearing will be Dec. 11, NY1-TV, New York, reported.

Prosecutors claim Afzali tipped off terror suspect Najibullah Zazi and his father that the two were under federal surveillance, then lied to the FBI about it. Afzali has denied the charges.

Zazi, who was arrested in Colorado where he lives, was jailed without bond in New York. He is accused of planning to build bombs to use in an attack on the city's mass transit system.

He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.

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