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Man Convicted in Thwarted Subway Bomb Plot

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A 28-year-old Bosnian-born U.S. citizen has been convicted for his role in a plot to bomb the city's subway system and faces life in prison.

Adis Medunjanin will be sentenced on September 7 and faces up to life in prison for his alleged role in an al-Qaida inspired 2009 suicide bomb plot that targeted the city’s subways.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Loretta Lynch said justice was served "as a jury of New Yorkers convicted an al-Qaeda operative bent on terrorism, mass murder and destruction in the New York City subways...Adis Medunjanin's journey of radicalization led him from Flushing, Queens, to Peshawar, Pakistan, to the brink of a terrorist attack in New York City — and soon to a lifetime in federal prison."

However, Robert Gottlieb, Medunjanin's attorney, said he has ample grounds for appeal. "People should know [that] the courts actually approved a secret arrant allowing the government to intercept my conversations as his lawyer with him."

Two men, former high school classmates of Medunjanin, have pleaded guilty in the case and are cooperating in the prosecution of their high school classmate.

Prosecutors say the men received al-Qaida training in Pakistan before agreeing to strap on backpack bombs on the subway.

With the Associated Press

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Mitchell Dinnerstein

As one of the lawyers who represented Adis Medunjanin, I would like to make a comment about the discussion regarding whether Mr. Medunjanin or anyone accused of terrorism can receive a fair trial in any American court, whether it be civilian or military. Once a prospective juror hears the word "terrorism" and all that such a word connotes, can any juror be expected of finding an individual "Not Guilty" irrespective of the quality of the Government evidence? Bob Henley, who reported this story for WNYC, was asked by the anchor "Why did Mr. Medunjanin go to trial?" as if somehow a person charged with these types of charges could not have been innocent or did not deserve a trial true to American due process principles. Mr. Henley, to his credit, said that Mr. Medunjanin believed he was innocent and not part of the subway bomb plot. The question of course is whether jurors could find him Not Guilty irrespective of the strengths or weaknesses of the evidence presented by the Government. I must say I don't think so.

May. 02 2012 12:55 PM

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