The family agreed, he said, “If anybody asks questions, tell them we don’t know nothing."
Convicted! Mohammed Zazi, father of Zazi the Nazi, covered for his jihad son's plan to blow up the NYC subway system on the anniversary of September 11th. Najibullah Zazi, 24, and his associates were planning on making a bomb to blow up a major transportation center in New York City. Mohammed Wali Zazi told reporters outside a New York federal courthouse that he was innocent. And yes, according to Islamic teachings, he is innocent. "Jihad is struggle in the way of Islam."
Brooklyn federal prosecutors say Mohammed Zazi, 55, deliberately misled federal agents in Sept. 2009 and destroyed chemicals that his son planned to use in the construction of explosive devices.
The father's lies to investigators hampered the progress of a fast-moving federal probe, as "FBI agents across the country were frantically trying to stop a terrorist attack aimed at New York City," Assistant US Attorney Andrew Goldsmith told a jury in Brooklyn federal court.
"He made a choice to obstruct the government's investigation - to make it harder to get the information they so desperately needed," Goldsmith said.Father of al-Qaeda terrorist found guilty of hiding son's NYC subway bomb plot
Mohammed Wali Zazi told reporters outside a New York federal courthouse that he was innocent
The father of an admitted terrorist was convicted on Friday of charges he destroyed evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son's al-Qaida-sanctioned plot to attack the New York City subways in 2009 as one of a trio of suicide bombers.
A Brooklyn jury found the father of Najibullah Zazi guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice at a trial detailing the disintegration of a working-class family of Afghan-Americans amid chilling allegations of homegrown terror.
Mohammed Wali Zazi had no visible reaction when the verdict was read.
He faces up to 40 years in prison at sentencing on December 2, although the term could be much lower under federal sentencing guidelines.
Leaving court, the 55-year-old former cab driver from Colorado told reporters he was innocent.
Zazi, who remains free on bail, said: 'There are so many things that didn't come out in court.'.
One of his attorneys, Deborah Colson, said the verdict was a disappointment and would be appealed.
'We will keep fighting for Mr Zazi, and we will not give up,' she said.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said: 'This defendant sought to conceal one of the most violent terror plots in recent times. His actions, had they not been thwarted, would have left Americans at grave risk.'
The case featured the testimony of two other family members who pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for the government to stave off stiff prison terms.
They detailed the family's failure to acknowledge Najibullah Zazi as a budding terrorist and its clumsy attempts to protect him once his plot fell apart.