A Massachusetts man accused of plotting to fly explosives-packed remote-controlled model planes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol is expected to be in court this week for a bail hearing.
Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old Muslim American with a physics degree from Northeastern University, was arrested in September after federal agents posing as members of al-Qaida delivered what Ferdaus believed was 24 pounds of C-4 explosives.
A federal affidavit said Ferdaus began planning jihad, or holy war, against the United States in 2010.
Ferdaus has pleaded not guilty to charges that include attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises.
His bail hearing is scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court in Worcester.
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