NEW YORK — A suspect in an alleged Al Qaeda plot against the New York City subways also was part of a terrorism campaign that would have targeted Britain and Norway, US prosecutors said.
Abid Naseer pleaded not guilty Monday. The judge ordered Naseer, extradited last week from Britain, held without bail.
Prosecutors aim to prove Naseer collected bomb ingredients, conducted reconnaissance, and was in contact with other alleged Al Qaeda operatives. He was one of 12 people arrested in a counterterrorism operation in April 2009, but all were subsequently released without charge. They were ordered to leave Britain, but Naseer avoided being deported to Pakistan after a judge ruled it was likely he’d be mistreated.
Naseer was rearrested in 2010 at the request of prosecutors in Brooklyn, where an indictment named him as a codefendant with Adis Medunjanin.
US authorities allege Medunjanin, Najibullah Zazi, and Zarein Ahmedzay traveled to Pakistan in 2008 to seek training from Al Qaeda. Zazi admitted he tested explosives in Denver before going to New York to try to carry out the scheme.