Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013

New York Bomb-Plot

US judge orders psychiatric exam for Nafis

Nafis may be sentenced on Aug 9

Nafis Ahmed

Nafis Ahmed

A Brooklyn federal judge has ordered a psychiatric examination of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi accused, before sentencing him for plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, Daily News reported.

Nafis faces up to 30 years behind bars, said the New York-based daily newspaper.

Defense lawyer Heidi Cesare said outside court Thursday that she could not disclose the reason why she asked for the testing, but acknowledged there will be no claim that Nafis is mentally incompetent.

“He pleaded guilty and took responsibility for his actions,” Cesare said.

Nafis, 21, will be tested at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn by Dr Richard Krueger, a forensic psychiatrist and complete his report in six weeks, according to the order signed by Federal Judge Carol Amon.

Federal prosecutors said Nafis was motivated to commit jihad by the fiery Internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Yemeni iman and al Qaeda recruiter killed by a US drone attack.

Nafis, a Bangladeshi national who will be sentenced August 9, pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

“We think the judge needs to know as much about Nafias before she makes a sentencing decision,” Cesare said.

The NYPD and the FBI busted Nafis last year in a sting operation in which he parked a van he believed was loaded with explosives near the financial fortress.

  • Raf Chow

    I have a different take on this. As a young man we always had friends who tried to influence us to do bad things but we did not. Now, if someone even with
    entrapment goes for killing innocents then I blame both parties just like the
    drug dealers who facilitate the drugs and the buyer. Unfortunately the moral of
    the story is why did he go after killing and that is what got him entrapment
    or not? He was 21+ and killing people is not like smoking pot or chugging
    phensidyl ! Parents really need to pay attention and guide their children so that they understand the basics of the religion and do not go astray. The old adage of checking out who is your children mixing with still remains.