Imam Dodges Jail Time In NYC Subway-Plot Case

NEW YORK: An Afghanistan-born imam linked to the suspects in an aborted suicide bomb plot against New York City subway stations dodged jail time at his sentencing Thursday but was ordered to leave the country within 90 days, reports AP. Ahmad Afzali pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a deal sparing him up to six months in prison. ''I take full responsibility for my actions,'' the 38-year-old Afzali said in a tearful statement in Brooklyn federal court. ''It was never my intention to help those idiots,'' he said, referring to the terrorist suspects. Afzali was sentenced to time served, four days from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24. He will be monitored electronically. He also apologized to the Muslim community, his family and the country. He said he doesn't expect to return to Afghanistan but does not know which country he will go to.