WORCESTER (AP) – A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to plotting to fly explosives-packed remote-controlled model planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
The bail hearing that was scheduled on Monday for 26-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland was delayed for several weeks after his lawyer, Catherine Byrne, asked for more time to prepare.
Some friends and relatives who attended Ferdaus’ arraignment shouted, “We love you!” as he was led out of the federal courtroom.
WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports
Byrne told reporters that the case against her client had been “orchestrated and facilitated by the government.”
Ferdaus was arrested Wednesday after undercover federal agents delivered materials he allegedly requested. They allege those include grenades, machine guns and what he believed was 25 pounds of explosives.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports
Charges include attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
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