New York: A cousin of Afghan-American Najibullah Zazi, who had admitted plotting to blow up New York City subways in 2009, has told a US court that he connected Zazi with people associated with al Qaeda in Pakistan. (agencies)
24-year-old Amanullah Zazi appeared as a witness for the US government, which has charged Mohammed Wali Zazi, the father of Najibullah, for obstruction of justice and lying to the Feds about the son's plans.
Cousin Zazi said the defendant had instructed him to destroy the chemicals stored in a house in Colorado, which were to be used to make bombs.
The cousin said senior Zazi had told him to lie to the Grand Jury about his knowledge of the 2009 plot. The defense has argued that the father did not know anything about his son's activities.
Senior Zazi, however, has not been accused of planning the terror attack.
In his guilty plea, last year, junior Zazi told the judge that during the summer of 2008 he made a plan with two other high school friends to go to Pakistan to join the Taliban and fight against the US army in Afghanistan.
Feds found that Zazi, a shuttle driver from Colorado, had purchased large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone from beauty supply stores in Denver over three months.
Then, he tried to mix up explosives in a hotel room and drove to New York to carry out an attack.
Cousin Zazi, who went to school in Queens, New York, said he had been smoking marijuana since he was 12-years-old.
On cross-examination, the witness said that he was "bored" of staying in the US and wanted to return to Pakistan.
He admitted to doing hashish and cocaine there as well.
The cousin said he lied to the FBI several times about his role in introducing Najibullah to people connected with Al Qaeda. "I lied to them a lot," he said.
The cousin said he did not know what kind of training Najibullah as well as two of his friends from Queens received from al Qaeda. The cousin is cooperating with the government to avoid getting 30 year prison sentence.
The Zazi family is originally from Afghanistan. The witness answered in English but also used a translator who spoke in Pashto, to understand several questions.
New York: A cousin of Afghan-American Najibullah Zazi, who had admitted plotting to blow up New York City subways in 2009, has told a US court that he connected Zazi with people associated with al Qaeda in Pakistan.