- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 20, 2009

DENVER | A man under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Colorado didn’t report for a fourth day of FBI questioning Saturday so he could spend a much-needed day with his attorney, the attorney’s spokeswoman said.

Najibullah Zazi had been scheduled to go to the Federal Building in Denver on Saturday. But Wendy Aiello, a spokeswoman for Mr. Zazi’s defense team, told the Associated Press that Mr. Zazi and his attorney contacted the FBI to cancel the meeting.

“They are meeting as client and attorney to review the case and the entire situation,” Miss Aiello said. “Further meetings with the FBI are not being ruled out.”

“I do know that Mr. Zazi is very tired,” she said.

The FBI had no immediate comment.

Mr. Zazi, 24, an airport shuttle driver, insists he is not involved in terrorism and has no links to al Qaeda. He is not under arrest.

He completed a third day of questioning Friday and was allowed to return to his suburban Denver apartment.

“The Denver FBI office has been very professional and courteous to Mr. Zazi and his family, and Mr. Zazi has cooperated fully with the Denver FBI office,” Miss Aiello said.

Mr. Zazi’s defense team denied reports that Mr. Zazi is considering a plea deal related to terror charges, and Mr. Zazi’s attorney, Arthur Folsom, has dismissed as “rumor” remarks by a senior U.S. intelligence official in Washington that Mr. Zazi played a crucial role in an intended terrorist attack.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that the FBI was “working this case around the clock” in New York, Denver and other parts of the country but that there was no imminent threat.

• Adam Goldman, Lara Jakes and Eileen Sullivan contributed to this report.

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