NYC court sets May 30 for Nafis bomb plot verdict


Bangladesh national Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, now detained in the USA for his alleged plot to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan, is awaiting the verdict which is scheduled to be delivered on May 30.

The 21-year-old man appeared in federal court in Brooklyn on earlier – charged with attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with a 1,000 pound bomb.

The degree of punishment is likely to be lower as Nafis made his confessional statement at a court in New York admitting his guilt.

Bangladesh mission in the US is closely monitoring the trial of Bangladeshi student Nafis and Bangladesh official will remain present at the court during the verdict pronouncement, diplomatic sources said.

Though the Bangladesh government showed interest about giving consular access to Nafis he did not respond to that offer positively.

On February 7, he made his confessional statement at the Brooklyn’s Eastern district Federal court in New York.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the suspect – Quazi Mohammed Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis – faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda.

Officials said Nafis considered several targets for his attack – including the New York Stock Exchange and a high-ranking government official – before focusing on the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said  “He comes here with, again the vowed purpose of committing some sort of Jihad here in the United States. He goes to the New York Stock Exchange he sees that there is significant security there and he shifts his target to the Federal Reserve Bank.”

U.S. officials said the FBI arrsted the Bangladeshi man after thwarting the bomb plot – in an undercover sting operation. The explosives – provided by an undercover agent – did not work – which meant the public was never in danger. If convicted, Nafis could face life in prison.

Source Taza Khobor