Jury begins deliberations in father's terror case

July 21, 2011 - 7:15 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of a father of an admitted terrorist who is accused of trying to cover up his son's plan to bomb New York City subways.

Mohammed Wali Zazi (ZAH'-zee), the father of Najibullah (nah-jee-BOO'-lah) Zazi was arrested in 2009 after his son and two other would-be suicide bombers trained by al-Qaida were accused of plotting to attack the subways. The son, who has pleaded guilty, called off the attack when he learned the FBI was alerted.

Two Zazi family members testified as part of plea deals. They told jurors the father persuaded the family to destroy bomb-making chemicals stashed by Zazi in Colorado and to lie to the grand jury about it.

The elder Zazi denied ever knowing about his son's crimes.

Deliberations are to resume Friday.