Jihad imam in Queens, a Misunderstander of Islam, to be deported. “‘Terror’ imam avoids prison time in subway bomb plot, faces deportation,” by Janon Fisher for the New York Post, April 15 (thanks to all who sent this in):
An imam from Afghanistan inked to the suspects in a failed suicide bomb plot against the city’s subway system dodged prison time today, but was ordered to leave the country within 90 days.
Ahmad Afzali, 38, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI earlier this year, was sentenced this afternoon to time served — a total of four days four days [sic] from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24 — at his sentencing in Brooklyn federal court.
“The spiritual and psychological burden is far greater than any sentence you can impose,” he told the judge.
“Honest to God, it was never my intention to help those idiots for what they do in the name of Islam. I apologize … I am pleading for mercy. I am not a bad man.”
Afzali, who was also ordered to wear a monitoring device, will have to leave the US within 90 days or face deportation.
Afzali was arrested in September after the feds thwarted a diabolical plot by Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport van driver, to set off bombs in the city’s subways.
Afzali has said that he had wanted to help authorities, but lied to the FBI about his phone conversations with Zazi….
Prosecutors have said the attacks were modeled after the July 2005 London bus and train bombings that killed 52 people.