Records: 2 brothers to plead guilty in Florida terror plot

Author: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) – Court records show that two Pakistani-born brothers tentatively plan to plead guilty in Florida in a federal case accusing them of plotting a terrorist attack against New York landmarks.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom on Thursday scheduled a change-of-plea hearing next week for 32-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi and 22-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. They previously pleaded not guilty to several terrorism-related charges, including conspiracy to provide material support.

The brothers also are charged with assaulting two U.S. marshals while being escorted in the Miami court complex.

The plot never got beyond planning stages. The FBI says Raees Qazi traveled to the city in 2012 to scout targets but did not attempt any attacks.

Sheheryar Qazi’s attorney declined to comment. Raees Qazi’s attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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