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Three men accused in alleged terror plot headed to court

WASHINGTON. - Three men are scheduled to appear in federal court later today in connection with what officials believe is one of the most significant terror plots since 9/11.

One of them is in New York, the others are being held in Denver.

Airport shuttle bus driver, Najibulla Zazi and his father, Mohammed Zazi, are being held in a Denver jail.

Both Zazi's, immigrants from Afghanistan, are not facing terrorism charges, but of lying to federal investigators.

The FBI also arrested Ahmad Afzali in New York over the weekend also on charges of making a false statement in a matter involving terrorism.

Earlier this month, the younger Zazi drove to New York carrying a laptop computer.

Court documents say the computer contained images of handwritten notes with instructions on how to handle explosives and make bombs.

Zazi told the Denver Post he was traveling there to deal with an issue over a coffee cart his family owns in Manhattan.

After three days of questioning in Denver, investigators say Zazi lied about where the bomb instructions came from, but admitted traveling to Pakistan last August and receiving lessons in weapons and explosives at an Al Qaeda training camp.

"We have an individual who went to training campus in Pakistan, who downloaded information on improvised explosive devices. There's clearly intent here," said NBC News terrorism analyst Roger Cressey.

Zazi's father and Afzali are accused of tipping Zari off that he might be in trouble with the law, and lying about it to investigators.

Officials say they found no bomb making materials, and nothing to indicate the time or place of an attack, but believe New York was the target.

Lawyers for the three men deny they are terrorists.

The charge of lying to investigators carries a maximum of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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