14 January 2014

Nigeria: U.S. Appeal Court Affirms Life Sentence for Abdulmutallab

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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Nigerian born Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Monday at a US appeal court in Detroit Michigan lost his defence against a life sentence.

The convict who was represented by Travis Rossman, had on Christmas Day 2009 attempted to detonate an explosive device on a Northwest Atlantic Airlines Flight 253 operated by Delta Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, months after he had travelled to Yemen where he was radicalised by a violent jihadist group with links to al-Queda.

Abdulmutallab who was part of the 289 passengers on board had tried to ignite the explosives concealed in his underwear as the aircraft made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Against all expectations, the explosives failed to detonate injuring only the bomber before pilots landed the plane, while the convict was escorted into custody.

He was later tried for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and other charges.

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