Father of NYC terror suspect indicted
(AP) - The father of an Afghan immigrant accused ofplotting a terror attack in New York City was indicted on a chargeof lying to investigators, federal officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Denver announced that a grand juryreturned the indictment against Mohammed Zazi for allegedly makinga false statement in a matter involving terrorism.
Zazi, 53, was arrested last month on that charge pending a grandjury indictment.
U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said theindictment doesn't change Zazi's bail status. Zazi, who wasreleased on $50,000 bail and under electronic monitoring, wasscheduled to appear in federal court Friday.
Zazi's son, Najibullah Zazi, was being held without bond in NewYork. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to detonateexplosives in the United States.
The indictment alleges that Mohammed Zazi lied to FBI when theyasked him if he had spoken to anyone about his son on the phone andwhether he was in any trouble with authorities.
Prosecutors say that Mohammed Zazi did speak to someone on orabout Sept. 11 about his son and that at one point, Mohammed Zaziwarned his son that he should hire an attorney.