New York Man Convicted in Subway Bomb Plot
Adis Medunjanin faces life in prison
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 1, 2012 4:20 PM CDT
Adis Medunjani.   (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney’s Office)

(Newser) – A New York man has been found guilty in a 2009 subway bomb plot. Adis Medunjanin, who was also convicted of training with al-Qaeda and seeking to join the Taliban, could receive life in prison, the New York Daily News reports. The conviction comes after fellow plotters Zarein Ahmedzay and Najibullah Zazi, who attended high school with Medunjanin, testified against him. The trio traveled to Pakistan in 2008, where they trained with al-Qaeda and were sent home to launch an attack.

"In a somber and calculated decision the defendant...chose this path to come back to the United States (from Pakistan) and wreak havoc at home," a prosecutor told the court. Following his 2010 arrest, Medunjanin reportedly asked to be released to the Taliban in a prisoner exchange. The defense said Medunjanin's confused, "romantic version of jihad" had gotten the better of him, saying he aimed "to join the Taliban and stand up for what he believes in." Upon conviction, Medunjanin murmured to his parents: "It's OK."

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Buckshot
May 2, 2012 7:15 AM CDT
We should be ten times harder on these traders who are American citizens, I would support the death penalty as it has been used in the past for treason by citizens.
Riffran
May 2, 2012 3:59 AM CDT
Damn those Finnish pacifist...oh wait!
Scaramouche
May 1, 2012 7:14 PM CDT
"Adis Medunjanin, who was also convicted of training with al-Qaeda and seeking to join the Taliban" Those are interesting laws he apparently broke. I wonder when it became illegal to renounce your citizenship?