- The Washington Times - Monday, February 1, 2010

UPDATED:

NEW YORK — The father of an airport driver accused of trying to cook up homemade bombs in a Colorado motel for an attack on New York City was charged Monday with trying to get rid of chemicals and other evidence.

FBI agents arrested Mohammed Wali Zazi on Monday at his home in a Denver suburb after a previous charge, lying to the government, was dropped. He was out on bail.

A new indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn accused Mr. Zazi of conspiring with others to destroy or hide “glasses, masks, liquid chemicals and containers” that were evidence in a foiled terrorism plot.

Mr. Zazi, the father of suspect Najibullah Zazi, was scheduled to appear in a Denver court Monday. There was no immediate response to a phone message left with his attorney, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, which is leading the investigation, declined to comment.

Prosecutors allege that Najibullah Zazi and others bought beauty supplies in Colorado to make peroxide-based bombs and that he tried to mix the explosives in a hotel room there. In early September he drove to New York, where investigators say they lifted notes on bomb-making from his computer.

Authorities have said they believe the younger Mr. Zazi, who was arrested in September, wanted to attack New York’s transit system — something Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called one of the most serious terrorism cases since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Two New Yorkers also have been charged but were not linked directly to the foiled bomb plot. Authorities have said the two — Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay — traveled to Pakistan, where Najibullah Zazi allegedly received training in explosives from al Qaeda.

Mr. Ahmedzay, a 24-year-old cab driver, has pleaded not guilty to lying to the FBI during the probe about places he visited during the 2008 trip.

The three men, former high school classmates in Queens, have denied any wrongdoing.

Officials confirmed reports last week that Najibullah Zazi’s uncle had been arraigned on a felony count in secret — a sign that he could be cooperating.

Associated Press writer P. Soloman Banda in Denver contributed to this report.

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