Rezwan Ferdaus pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

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October 3, 2011, 9:26 pm

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Worcester, MA) - Handcuffed and shackled, 26-year-old terror suspect Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland, Massachusetts went before a U.S. District Court judge in Worcester Monday afternoon.

His parents huddled in the front row, with more than a dozen friends and relatives behind them, often heard audibly crying throughout the proceedings.

As Ferdaus was brought in his mother yelled "we are here for you."

Despite the 23 page grand jury indictment and serious accusations that Ferdaus was plotting to fly explosive-packed remote-controlled model planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, his aunt said outside court that his family needs more information about the allegations.

"Give us peace right now, we need to also think about this,” she said. “We don't know so just leave us alone until we are able to know what's going on."

As the judge read the six counts against Ferdaus , ranging from attempting to destroy a federal building with explosives to attempting to provide material support to foreign terrorist, Ferdaus looked down with little reaction.

He plead not guilty to all six counts.

Outside court, Ferdaus' defense attorney harped on the fact that the indictment alleges the government paid for much of Ferdaus' alleged terrorist supplies.

"This case was orchestrated and facilitated by the government and we have asked for a continuance for additional time in order to prepare and to further investigate so we can present a more complete picture of what happened," said Catherine Byrne.

His bail hearing postponed until October 20th, Ferdaus was re-cuffed and escorted back to jail as his friends and family shouted "we love you Rezwan" through tears.

"We love our family, we are supporting the family, it's about family right now,” she said. “It's not about what he did or didn't do."

With the detention hearing postponed more than two weeks, Ferdaus will have to wait in custody to see if any bail will be given.

He also has a status hearing scheduled for November 14th.

Tags: massachusetts, terrorism, Alysha Palumbo, Framingham, Ashland, Pentagon, capitol, Rezwan Ferdaus
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