Imam entangled in terrorism case deported

NEW YORK - (AP) - An imam who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBIduring the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against New YorkCity subway stations has been deported.

The lawyer for Ahmad Afzali says Afzaliand his wife left on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Jeddah onMonday afternoon. Two immigration agents accompanied him to theplane to ensure he got on. Afzali's lawyer says some of Afzali'slast words on U.S. ground were: 'God bless America.'

Afzali's wife Fatima got a position teaching English in SaudiArabia. Afzali isn't quite sure what he's going to do there. TheAfghanistan-born imam has lived most of his life in Queens.

He was sentenced April 15 to time served and deportation.Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty in plot disrupted by federal andNYPD officials.

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