Najibullah Zazi's Father Indicted: Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice

Mohammed Wali Zazi, father of Najibullah Zazi, has been charged in an Indictment in the Eastern District of New York with conspiracy to obstruct justice. The basis of the charge is an alleged conspiracy in September, 2009 to hide or destroy objects such as liquid chemicals and containers to prevent them from being available to the grand jury or other official proceeding.

Here's the Indictment. The elder Zazi, who has been on bond in Denver while awaiting trial on charges he made false statements to federal agents investigating his son last summer, was expected to appear in federal court in Denver today. The Denver Post reports prosecutors moved to dismiss the Denver case against him today. According to the court docket, the judge has granted the Government's motion. So no more Denver case, and he's no longer on bond. The New York Times says Zazi has been taken into custody and will have a removal hearing in Denver later today.

It's also being reported that Zazi's uncle, Naqib Jaji, was recently charged in the case. [More...]

Did he cooperate and gave up his brother? Looks like it:

Naqib Jaji, 38, of Denver was arraigned on an undisclosed federal charge as a "John Doe" on Jan. 14, a law enforcement source said. Cooperating defendants are typically charged as John Does in sealed proceedings.

According to the New York Times, he was released from custody after 8 days, on Jan. 22.

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    "Typically charged as John Does"? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Peter G on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 09:58:49 PM EST
    I'm in federal cases all the time, and I've never seen that.  Have you, TL?

    no, but I checked (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 01:46:02 AM EST
    the EDNY docket and there were 189 John Doe cases. Here, I think they use the real names but seal them.
    I haven't seen a John Doe indictment here.