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Sep 21, 2009 3:40 PM by Associated Press

NYC imam held without bail in terrorism probe

A New York City imam accused of lying to officials investigating a terrorism plot has been ordered held without bail.

Ahmad Afzali smiled and waved at relatives as deputy marshals led him out of federal court Monday in Brooklyn.

His attorney, Ron Kuby, says he'll seek bail for the 37-year-old Afzali on Thursday.

Afzali is an imam at a mosque in Queens. He was arrested Saturday in New York and charged with making false statements to the government.

The former NYPD informant was accused of lying to authorities about tipping off Najibullah Zazi about a terrorism investigation.

Zazi and his father are also appearing Monday in federal court in Denver on similar charges.

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