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Mass. Man Charged In Terror Plot Pleads Not Guilty

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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.

Byrne told reporters that the case against her client had been "orchestrated and facilitated by the government."

Fernaus 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.

Charges include attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.


This article was originally published on October 03, 2011.

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