Panty Bomber Goes to Court – Pleads NOT GUILTY
Here comes another court fiasco thanks to Barack Obama and Eric Holder.
The charred underpants of Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with a packet of explosive powder sewn into the crotch. (Reuters-ABC)
Panty bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appeared in court today. Under President Obama’s plan he may even get a life sentence for trying to blow a jetliner out of the sky.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was tackled by a passenger on board a packed U.S. jetliner on Christmas as flames shot from his clothes. President Barack Obama calls him a “suspected terrorist.” And an al-Qaida branch has taken responsibility.
The young Nigerian man arrived at federal court in Detroit Friday for his arraignment on charges that he failed to detonate a chemical-laden explosive on the Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight.
Experts say that with so much evidence stacked against Abdulmutallab, his defense team is left with few options as the case moves forward.
Attorneys outside the case say the 23-year-old’s lawyers can challenge incriminating statements to the FBI, seek a mental-health exam for Abdulmutallab—and seriously consider a plea deal.
“This is not a case of mistaken identity or a whodunit. For the defense, it’s damage control,” said Joseph Niskar, a defense lawyer who was involved in a 2001 terrorism case in Detroit that fell apart for the government.
The Grand Jury indicted him today.
A grand jury in Michigan indicted him on six counts for the failed bombing, including attempted murder of the other 289 passengers and crew aboard the plane, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
The bomb, concealed in his clothing, contained the high explosive Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) and Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), among other ingredients, and it was designed for Abdulmutallab to detonate it at a time of his choosing, the indictment said.
Freep.com lists the charges against the Nigerian terrorist.
UPDATE: The panty bomber today pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to explode flight 253 in the air above Detroit on Christmas Day.