Bangladeshi diplomats in the United States could meet with alleged terror suspect Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, but they won't until they are sure of one thing: whether he is, in fact, a Bangladeshi citizen.
Authorities in Dhaka do not know whether the 21-year old accused of plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve offices in New York is one of their own, according to local reports.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told The Daily Star that her country’s diplomats will meet with State Department officials in Washington on Saturday.
“We are yet to know his nationality,” Moni said during a press briefing at her office. “He may be a Bangladeshi citizen or U.S. citizen or have dual citizenship. Whenever we are certain about his citizenship, we will ask for consular access.”
If given that access, the diplomats would be able to meet with Nafis in person.
News of the upcoming meeting came two days after authorities arrested Quazi Naifs for allegedly attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City. Nafis’ father, a wealthy banker, on Thursday also called on his country’s government to “get my son back.”
U.S. authorities said Nafis was arrested when he tried to blow up the building with a fake 1,000-pound car bomb that had been provided to him by the FBI itself; the agency had been following him. Nafis’ alleged terror plot was the 15th act of terrorism -- by people who aspired to become terrorists and were framed by the authorities -- thwarted by NYC police and the FBI since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Nafis father told the media that the incident is a “racist conspiracy,” because his son couldn’t drive.
Officials charged that Nafis entered the United States in January on a student visa with the intention to carry out terror acts and form a terror cell. An FBI agent was among those recruited by Nafis, who was also reportedly trying to find al Qaeda connections in the U.S.