NEW YORK Feb 1 The father of an airport
shuttle driver accused of plotting an al Qaeda-inspired bomb
attack on New York City has been charged with conspiring to
alter, destroy and conceal evidence in the case.
The indictment against Mohammed Wali Zazi was unsealed by
Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Monday.
Zazi, 53, pleaded not guilty to separate charges filed last
year of lying to the FBI agents investigating his son,
Najibullah Zazi, 24, last year in Denver.
The elder Zazi was to appear at federal court in Denver on
Monday and prosecutors were expected to seek his transfer to
If convicted of the charge -- conspiracy to obstruct
justice -- he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Mohammed Zazi is accused of conspiring alter, destroy and
conceal objects, including liquid chemicals, "with the intent
to impair the objects' integrity and availability for use in an
Najibullah Zazi, a former coffee vendor who had moved to
Colorado, was arrested in September and accused of plotting a
bomb attack in New York City on the anniversary of the Sept. 11
attacks. He has pleaded not guilty.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called it one of the most
serious security threats to the United States since the
hijacked airliner attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
A New York imam and two men who attended a New York City
high school with Zazi also have been charged. All have pleaded
According to press reports, Najibullah Zazi's uncle, Naqib
Jaji, 38, also has been charged in the case and is reported to
have pleaded not guilty to one felony count.
(Reporting by Edith Honan, editing by Michelle Nichols and