Rezwan Ferdaus

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Rezwan Ferdaus
Born 1985 (age 26)
Massachusetts, United States
Arrested September 28, 2011
Citizenship United States
Status Incarcerated

Rezwan Ferdaus (born 1985) is a United States citizen of Bangladeshi descent who is serving a federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to terrorism charges in 2012.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ferdaus was born and raised in Ashland, Massachusetts. He had two previous arrests, one for a high school prank during which he and other students poured cement on in front of the school doors, and the other for marijuana possession. He is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA.[2] Ferdaus played the drums for a local band and was known as "Bollywood" by fellow band members and fans.[3]

Arrest[edit]

Ferdaus was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 28, 2011, for allegedly plotting to attack The Pentagon and the United States Capitol Building with remote-controlled model aircraft packed with C-4 explosives.[4] He was also charged with supporting Al-Qaeda by plotting attacks on American soldiers abroad and making detonators for improvised explosive devices.[5][6]

Guilty plea and sentencing[edit]

On July 20, 2012, Ferdaus pleaded guilty to the following charges in Federal District Court in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • Conspiracy to destroy national defense premises
  • Conspiracy to damage and destroy buildings owned by the U.S. government
  • Conspiracy to provide material support and resources to Al-Qaeda.[7][8][9]

Prosecutors and Ferdaus's defense attorneys agreed to recommend a 17-year sentence. On November 1, 2012, Judge Richard Stearns sentenced Ferdaus to 17 years in federal prison.[10]

Ferdaus is incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, Marion, a medium-security facility in Illinois, and is scheduled for release in 2026.[11]

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