Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trial of "Underpants Bomber" Nigerian born Abdulmutallab begins today

African Examiner (AFP)
11 October 2011

THE trial begins today of "Underpants Bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,
accused of trying to blow up a packed airliner bound for the US on Christmas Day 2009.

Jurors are to be selected this week before Abdulmutallab contests charges that he tried to kill nearly 300 people aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The trial will be closely watched, as it comes three days after the killing of al-Qa'ida kingpin Anwar al-Awlaqi in a US airstrike in Yemen. American intelligence officials have repeatedly linked the US-born cleric to the Christmas Day operation.

The prospects of courtroom drama are high with Abdulmutallab, 24, having fired his lawyers and insisted on representing himself.

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