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NY bomb plot a 'racist conspiracy': Father

2012-10-19 10:02

Dhaka - 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 a victim of a "racist conspiracy".

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, aged 21, was arrested on Wednesday in New York 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 450kg bomb.

Frustration over employment

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.

Officials at Southeast Missouri State University said they were assured by the FBI that the school was never threatened by Nafis, who was enrolled in a new cyber security curriculum from January until May.

"We are very dismayed and concerned that a former Southeast student would be involved in an alleged act of terrorism," university President Kenneth Dobbins said on Thursday in a letter to staff and students.

Student Jim Dow, who knew Nafis, told KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, that Nafis did not speak badly about the United States but harboured some frustration over employment.

"The only thing I ever heard him say he didn't like about the United States is he didn't have enough money and he couldn't get a job, being on a student visa," Dow said.

Trapped

Dobbins said Nafis requested in the summer to have his school records transferred to a college in Brooklyn.

Nafis' 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."

A representative for the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn rejected the suggestion that Nafis was entrapped.

"He directed all the key elements. It was all under his direction," spokesperson Bob Nardoza said.

Comments
  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-19 10:28

    Poor daddy of a terrorist... probably cut from the same sh.t.

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-10-19 10:42

    They all say that, even in SA.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 12:17

      Even the members of the Boeremag, Hennie?

  • wynandjsmit - 2012-10-19 10:52

    How strange that people of colour ALWAYS cry "racist!!" when fingered for whatever reason.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-19 14:39

      Why are white people ALWAYS so ignorant.

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-19 11:01

    *yawn*

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-19 11:03

    Of course it is and your darling little angel would never dream of such

  • nicholas.b.wallace.1 - 2012-10-19 11:11

    and if this happened to your son or daughter ? what if they were taken from you for being a terrorist? what if they weren't a terrorist but the government said they are, what would you do? best thing to do is tell the media once its out its out!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 12:16

    Yeah right. Like he would advertise to all and sundry what he intends to do. Of course, the FBI could have taken a page out of the South Africans book of how to manufacture a case against someone innocent. The Boeremag scandal is a case in point.

  • sergio.rovito.9 - 2012-10-19 12:38

    I still dont understand , if Muslims are not happy with the way America and Britain run there affairs, Why do they always try to immigrate to those countries??? STAY IN YOUR OWN COUNTRIES TO WORK AND STUDY.

  • johan.louw.399 - 2012-10-19 14:14

    Always the race card!!! When will they ever stop this nonsense!!! If something doesn’t go their way it's always the poor black that is mistreated. Sic of it …. Get a life man “DADDY”!!!!

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