Bangladesh father denies son involved in New York bomb plot

DHAKA Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:09am EDT

1 of 10. Quazi Mohammad Ahsanullah, father of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, holds a photograph of his son inside his residence at Uttar Jatrabari in Dhaka October 18, 2012.

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DHAKA (Reuters) - The father of a Bangladeshi man accused of attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank denied on Thursday that his son was involved and said he was the victim of a "racist conspiracy".

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested on Wednesday and faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda.

"This is nothing but a conspiracy. There is still a racist conspiracy there," his father Quazi Mohammad Ahsanullah told reporters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

"The intelligence of the USA is playing with a mere boy whom we sent for higher study. The allegation against my son is not true at all. He could not even drive a car. How was he caught with a van?"

Nafis appeared in a Brooklyn court on Wednesday. The criminal complaint against him said he had entered the United States in January and that he had said he was in contact with members of al Qaeda overseas.

The complaint said he had travelled by van with a man to a New York warehouse where Nafis assembled what he thought was a 1,000-pound (450-kg) bomb.

The man he believed to be an accomplice was in fact an undercover agent working for the FBI and the explosives were not in working condition. He was arrested later in a hotel near the bank.

Nafis had been a business student at North South University, a prestigious private institution in Bangladesh, before leaving to study computer science in the United States.

His father, a senior vice president of a private bank, said Nafis was the more religious of his two children, but in no way a fanatic. He told reporters he had asked the government for help "so that our son will not fall victim to an arranged story".

"He fell into trap," he said. "We talked with him 24 hours before he was arrested."

(Reporting By Serajul Quadir; Editing by Ron Popeski and Pravin Char)

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Comments (4)
MetalHead8 wrote:
I can understand the families POV, but the kid assembled a 1,000 pound bomb in front of an under-cover agent…. No Conspiracy theroy is going to explain that within reason and logic. Good Job FBI, CIA, and NYPD, your keeping people safe.

Oct 18, 2012 11:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChubbyHubbyKS wrote:
Well, it must be a mistake… I mean if the person’s PARENT thinks there’s no way they could have done it… they MUST be innocent!

Oct 18, 2012 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
guru123 wrote:
When will all this violence and madness stop and these people realise that taking the life of innocent people are simply barbaric and against all beliefs in the Creator and if we believe that we are all children of God why do answers should always be a splatter of blood and tears? Can’t parents like Quazi Mohammad teach their kids the value of life – their own and others? We bring our kids to this world with so much love and teach them to be good human beings, to live a good and fruitful life. I wonder what kind of education these people get!

Oct 18, 2012 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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