Pakistani-born MUSLIM Naseer, 28, faces life in jail for his part in the al-Qaeda conspiracy. He was convicted on three criminal violations: providing material support to al-Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support for al-Qaeda and conspiring to use a lethal device in relation to a crime of violence.
CNN The Manchester plot was allegedly part of a three-pronged plan that included attacks on the New York City subway system and on a newsroom in Copenhagen. None were carried out. Representing himself, Abid Naseer pleaded not guilty but prosecutors argued in the New York trial that the British plot was part of a broader Al Qaeda operation.
The New York plot allegedly originated with Najibullah Zazi, who is believed to have corresponded with the same al Qaeda contact as Naseer. Zazi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and was the first witness in Naseer’s trial.
Naseer, a Pakistani national, was in the United Kingdom on a student visa at the time of his arrest. Among the evidence presented, prosecutors pointed out that Naseer had dropped out of classes after only a week.
Naseer had no intention of completing his studies because “that was never the plan,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad argued, saying that Naseer applied for a student visa as a means of entering the country to carry out the attack.