DENVER - A man identified by law enforcement as having a possible link to al-Qaida met with the FBI for a second day Thursday as part of a terrorism investigation in New York and Colorado.
Najibullah Zazi didn't speak to reporters, but defense attorney Arthur Folsom said he did not expect his client to be arrested. If agents intended to jail Zazi, they probably would have done so already, he said.
An official familiar with the investigation said Zazi had contact with a known al-Qaida associate, but would not provide details on the location or nature of the encounter.
But Folsom said Zazi has never met with al-Qaida operatives and isn't involved in terrorism. "He's simply somebody who was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Folsom said.
Agents questioned Zazi for hours on Wednesday and searched his apartment and the home of his aunt and uncle in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
Folsom said Zazi, 24, was born in Afghanistan in 1985, moved to Pakistan at age 7 and emigrated to the United States in 1999. Zazi's aunt had said earlier that he was born in Pakistan and grew up in Queens, N.Y.
Folsom said Zazi has returned to Pakistan four times in recent years: in 2004 because his grandfather was sick and dying, in 2006 to get married and in 2007 and 2008 to visit his wife.
Folsom said that Zazi is observing the traditional daylight fast for Ramadan and that the FBI gave him food after sunset Wednesday.