By the CNN Wire Staff
A federal prosecutor on Monday described a Bosnian immigrant accused of plotting to bomb New York's subway system as an "al Qaeda terrorist," an assertion the defense said was "just wrong."
An extensive roster of convicted terrorists are lined up to testify against Adis Medunjanin during his trial in New York, which began Monday with opening statements.
Prosecutors allege that Medunjanin traveled to Pakistan's tribal belt with two friends, where he sought to join the Taliban but ended up being recruited by al Qaeda to perform a suicide mission back in America.
He and two others, they claim, eventually hatched a plan to rig backpacks with explosives and blow them up on New York subway stations.
Medunjanin's co-defendants - Zarein Ahmedzay, an immigrant from Afghanistan, and Najibullah Zazi, an immigrant from Pakistan - have already pleaded guilty to the same charges.Read more of the CNN.com story here.