Tags: New | York | subway | bomb | plot | conviction | al-Qaida

New York Man Convicted in Subway Suicide Bomb Plot

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 03:45 PM

NEW YORK — A federal jury found a Bosnian-born U.S. citizen guilty on Tuesday of planning a coordinated suicide bomb attack on New York City subways in 2009 at the behest of senior al-Qaida operatives.

Adis Medunjanin, 28, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison following his conviction on all charges, including conspiring to carry out a suicide attack on American soil, receiving military training from al-Qaida and plotting to kill U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.

Medunjanin's accused co-conspirator, Najibullah Zazi, was arrested in September 2009, just days before Medunjanin and a third member of the plot, Zarein Ahmedzay, were prepared to carry out what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called "one of the most serious terrorist threats" to the United States since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Prosecutors had argued Medunjanin was "ready and willing to sacrifice himself to kill" at the command of al-Qaida, saying he was committed to carrying out a suicide attack on American soil, a mission given to him by al-Qaida operatives he met in Pakistan.

"What he was willing to do was to strap a suicide bomb to himself, walk into a New York City subway and blow it up," Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger said in closing arguments last week at the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Medunjanin, a U.S. citizen born in Bosnia, was accused as the third member of a plot to bomb the subways in 2009. His high school friends Ahmedzay, 27, and Zazi, 27, both pleaded guilty to planning the attacks with him and are cooperating with the government, awaiting sentencing.

The jury began deliberations on Monday to decide whether to convict Medunjanin of the nine counts against him.

The judge allowed the jurors to remain anonymous for their safety.

© 2018 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 03:45 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved