Adis Medunjanin: Jury to begin deliberations in New York subway bomb plot case


This courtroom sketch shows Bosnian-born Adis Medunjanin (3rd L), an alleged associate of Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, appearing in court in New York on January 9, 2010.



A jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the case of Adis Medunjanin, accused of trying to detonate a bomb in the New York subway system.

Prosecutors said Bosnian-born Medunjanin conspired with Najubullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay — two admitted terrorists — to detonate bombs in New York subways in 2009, according to CNN. In the trial's closing arguments on Thursday, Assistant US Attorney Berit Berger said Medunjanin was willing "to strap a suicide bomb to himself, walk into a New York City subway and blow it up."

During the trial, prosecutors called on terror consultant Evan Kohlmann to give a history and update on al Qaeda, which had allegedly provided Medunjanin a week's worth of weapons and explosives training, reported WNYC News.

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Medunjanin is charged with nine crimes, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, according to ABC's New York affiliate WABC. Prosecutors said he went to Pakistan in 2008 with two others to kill American troops in Afghanistan, but a defense attorney said they were "immature, naïve and clueless" and easily manipulated by al Qaeda and US investigators. Prosecutors then said Medunjanin returned to New York to begin planning the subway bomb plot.