From CBS 2:
Dispirited and near tears, 37-year-old Ahmad Afzali told reporters "I've signed my own death sentence" as he walked out of the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse late Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of lying to FBI agents.
The Muslim cleric and police informant said he now fears for his life once he is sentenced and is forced to leave the country.
Afzali, who is Imam at a Queens mosque, was arrested last year for allegedly tipping off convicted subway bomber Najibullah Zazi to the law enforcement probe into his New York City subway bomb plot. Afzali was asked to contact Zazi and two associates by members of the NYPD Intelligence Unit. He did so and admits he told Zazi that he thought his calls were being monitored. When asked about those conversations by the FBI agents, Zazi on Thursday admitted he lied twice because he thought they were angry that he had even spoken to the men.
He now could get as much as six months in prison or could avoid jail entirely. As part of the plea deal, he has agreed to leave the country within 90 days of his sentencing on April 8.
Afzali has lived in Queens since his parents immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan in 1980 when he was 7. Asked about the "death sentence" reference comment Afzali made to reporters, Kuby said, "It is now widely known that my client co-operated with police against jihadists and that is something that tends to make jihadists angry."
Sucks to be you, pal. Have a nice trip.