DENVER (CBS4) – The trial began Monday for the man whose son admitted to a terrorist plot. There was surprising testimony from a family member who has turned government witness.

In opening statements, prosecutors say Mohammed Zazi lied to investigators looking into his son’s foiled attempt to bomb New York’s subway system. Agents say he also tried to destroy chemicals his son bought.

Najibullah Zazi was living in Aurora when he was arrested in 2009. He pleaded guilty to charges that he got explosives training from Al Qaida in Pakistan.

najibullah zazi Trial Begins For Man Whose Son Admitted To Terrorist Plot

Najibullah Zazi (credit: CBS)

In court Najibullah Zazi’s cousin admitted that he was in on the plot to attack subways. As a government witness against the elder Zazi, he claims the 55-year-old recruited him to get rid of chemicals that Najibullah Zazi left behind in Colorado. He also said he was urged to lie to the grand jury.


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