Trial in Federal Obstruction Case

July 20, 2011

Prosecutors allege Mohammed Wali Zazi, 55, directed family family members to destroy evidence, including glasses, masks, liquid chemicals and containers, that was part of the probe into his son and that he lied to agents looking into the subway plot.

“Mr. Zazi is not guilty of those crimes,” Deborah A. Colson, one of his lawyers, said in her closing argument today. “He didn’t destroy evidence or tell anyone else to.”

Colson said Zazi’s nephew and brother-in-law, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice under cooperation agreements and testified for the government, were responsible for the wrongdoing.