NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot

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NEW YORK — A New York man was convicted Tuesday of plotting an aborted suicide mission against New York City subways in 2009 — a case that featured the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al-Qaida’s fixation with pulling off another attack on American soil.

A jury found Adis Medunjanin guilty of all counts for his role in a terror plot that federal authorities say was one of the closest calls since Sept. 11, 2001.

Medunjanin could be ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 7.

Medunjanin, who showed no visible reaction to the verdicts, afterward asked Gottlieb to “tell his family to be strong,” the lawyer said. The defendant’s mother and sister testified during the trial of terrifying late-night raids by federal agents before his arrest.

The defense had admitted that the Bosnian-born Medunjanin wanted to fight for the Taliban, but they insisted he never agreed to spread death and destruction in the city where his family put down roots.

Printed on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 as: Domestic terrorist convicted of trying to blow up a subway