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Second Queens Man Linked to Zazi Pleads Not Guilty

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Queens man who went to high school with terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi has pleaded not guilty to charges that he flew to Pakistan to get military training from al-Qaida.

Adis Medunjanin was arraigned Saturday on charges of receiving military training from a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country. A second Queens man, Zarein Ahmedzay, plead not guilty Friday to charges that he lied to the FBI during the probe about places he visited during the 2008 trip.

Najibullah Zazi has been under arrest since September, charged with getting explosives training from al-Qaida and later hatching a foiled scheme to attack targets in New York with homemade bombs. The new indictment does not directly tie Medunjanin to the New York plot.

Defense attorneys accuse authorities of holding and interrogating him for two days without letting him see his family or a lawyer. Medunjanin is being held without bail until a hearing Thursday.

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