Nigerian underwear bomber to be sentenced in Detroit


  • Enlarge PhotoUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab is shown in this booking photograph released by the U.S. …
DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge is set to decide on Thursday if the Nigerian man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit in 2009 will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A bomb hidden in the underwear of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now 25, caused a fire but failed to explode on a Delta Airlines flight carrying 289 people on December 25, 2009.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds will decide whether Abdulmutallab should be sentenced to life in prison as called for under existing sentencing guidelines.
Abdulmutallab’s lawyer, Anthony Chambers, earlier this week asked for a lighter sentence, saying the mandatory life sentence was too harsh for an attempted bombing that killed no one.

“Given the circumstances and what did NOT occur in the instant matter it is fair to say that the mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment is excessive and grossly disproportionate to the conduct,” Chambers said in a court filing, emphasizing the word “not.”
While not making a specific request, he asked on Abdulmutallab’s behalf that the judge impose a sentence below the advisory guideline range because a life sentence would be a “misinterpretation of justice.”
Prosecutors have urged the judge to give Abdulmutallab the maximum sentence – consecutive terms of life in prison.
In October, Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty days after his trial began, saying he had wanted to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims by the United States.
Court officials said that Abdulmutallab’s parents and one of his sisters will be in the Detroit courtroom on Thursday. Six victims are scheduled to speak before Edmunds declares sentencing.
Abdulmutallab, who has been held at a federal prison in Milan, Michigan since 2009, will also be given a chance to address the court before sentencing.

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Prosecutors also last week offered new details about how Abdulmutallab’s plot was directed by U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had become an al Qaeda leader in Yemen.
Awlaki was killed in a drone attack in Yemen last September. In court papers, the FBI identified Awlaki as “chief of external operations” for al Qaeda’s Yemen branch as well as an Internet-saavy propagandist and recruiter.
When the bomb caused a fire but failed to explode, Abdulmutallab was quickly subdued by passengers and crew. The incident led U.S. officials to bolster airport security, deploying full-body scanners to try to detect hidden explosives.
The judge is also due to rule on Thursday whether the prosecution can show a video that the FBI created to simulate the bomb Abdulmutallab tried to detonate.
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

Share post:



More like this

Kogi women farmers seek access to N700m credit facility

July 17, 2024. Azonuchechi Chukwu. Women farmers under the auspices of...

Expert Urges Manufacturers on Effective Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution

By Rukayat Moisemhe Lagos, July 17, 2024 (NAN) – Mrs....

Mining Company Advocates Strategic Investment in Nigeria’s Lithium sector

By Martha Agas Abuja, July 17, 2024 (NAN) – Segilola...

Oil Production: NASS pledges support to NNPC Ltd.

By Vivian Emoni Abuja, July 17, 2024 (NAN) The...
× How can I help you?