U.S. attorneys say they expect more charges to be brought against Najibullah Zazi, the former Queens resident accused of plotting a terror attack in the city, and that the resulting trial could happen as early as next fall.
The 24-year-old former Wall Street coffee vendor briefly appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to conspiracy to detonate a weapon of mass destruction.
Prosecutors say Zazi received al-Qaida training in Pakistan and was planning an attack on the city to coincide with the September 11th anniversary. He is also accused of buying large quantities of hair dye and nail polish remover to make explosives.
The lead assistant U.S. attorney in the case says the prosecution is still evaluating evidence, including phone conversations that still need to be translated.
J. Michael Dowling, Zazi's attorney, said that the trial is unlikely to occur next fall.
"They're just going to submit in late March their confidential discovery, so I think the fall is kind of optimistic," said Dowling.
If convicted, Zazi faces life in prison.
Zazi's father and a Queens imam are also charged with lying to federal investigators in connection with the case.
Zazi is expected to be back in court in February.