Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
A Muslim man who plotted Jihadist terror attacks to blow up New York City subway stations in 2009 is about to be a free man.
Najibullah Zazi, 33, had faced up to life in prison after his 2009 arrest, but spent nearly the next 10 years cooperating against al Qaeda, The New York Post reports.
Thursday’s 10-year sentence — which, given his good behavior behind bars, means he will be sprung any day now — came at the urging of prosecutors, who cited his extensive cooperation in arguing that he deserved a break.
Brooklyn federal Judge Raymond Dearie agreed, letting Zazi off with little more than a tongue-lashing as he noted that the one-time jihadist had come to the US in 1999 as a 14-year-old refugee from Pakistan.
“You came with hard-working and honorable people,” the judge scolded. “We welcomed you. But you turned on us.
“Just before I took the bench, I looked over at where the World Trade Center once was, and the reaction I had was the same as when I first met you — how could this have happened,” the judge said.
Dearie agreed with prosecutors that Zazi should receive a break because of his cooperation to provide knowledge on other terror-related plots. Zazi helped with several investigations by meeting with government more than 100 times, the Post reported.
“I tried my best to correct my horrific mistake by cooperating with the government,” Zazi said.
He will be under a lifetime of supervised release by the U.S. Department of Probation. He will also be required to provide his services to prosecutors and agents.
Zazi was born in Afghanistan and came to the U.S. as a refugee from Pakistan at 14 years old, the Post reported.
Sources with knowledge of the case told The Post that as a cooperating terror informant, his release will be cloaked in secrecy, and he’ll spend the rest of his life living under federal protection.
Oh, well that’s going to cost a boatload of money.
Zazi will be at least the third admitted New York City-based terrorist in the past year to be sentenced to zero or very little additional prison time in exchange for his cooperation.
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