New York: An Afghan immigrant accused of trying to destroy evidence in the terror case against his son, who is accused of plotting to attack New York City with homemade bombs, was granted bail but ordered not speak to his son.
As part of a deal reached in federal court yesterday in Brooklyn, Mohammed Wali Zazi must post USD 50,000 bond signed by his wife and daughter and secured by USD 20,000 cash. He also will be subject to electronic monitoring when he returns to his home in suburban Denver, possibly as early as tomorrow.
The judge also barred the one-time New York City taxi driver from having phone or other contact with four people - his jailed son, Najibullah Zazi, and three whose names were not made public.
Both Zazis have pleaded not guilty. They both live in the western state of Colorado.
The father "intends to fight the case and we`d ask the public to withhold judgement until the facts are revealed," his attorney, Deborah Colson, told reporters outside court.
The government alleges Najibullah Zazi, who was an airport shuttle driver, 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. Last year, he drove to New York, where investigators say they lifted notes on bomb-making from his computer.