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Osama's alive, shouts underwear bomber

2011-09-15 09:17

Chicago - A Nigerian man dubbed the "underwear bomber" who is accused of trying to blow up a packed transatlantic airliner over the US shouted out "Osama's alive" at a pre-trial hearing, it was reported on Wednesday.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a self-proclaimed al-Qaeda operative, became unruly while watching 250 prospective jurors fill out questionnaires ahead of final selection of the panel scheduled for October 4.

As well as the Osama bin Laden salvo, Abdulmutallab complained "I'm forced to wear prison clothes" as he entered a Detroit courtroom clad in khaki prison pants, a white t-shirt and a black skull cap, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The 24-year-old then refused to stand when court was called to attention and propped his feet up on the defence table while monitoring the proceedings in another room on a two-way video feed.

The prospective jurors witnessed his antics but it was unclear if they could hear him holler "jihad" when Judge Nancy Edmunds briefed them about his alleged crimes.

Self-representing

Edmunds admonished Abdulmutallab, who has previously appeared subdued in court, for his behaviour and for refusing to button a white dress shirt, but she rejected several motions that would have delayed his highly-anticipated trial.

Abdulmutallab, accused of attempting to kill 279 passengers and 11 crew aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, is representing himself but he has accepted the help of a court-appointed standby counsel.

Passengers and crew members were able to restrain Abdulmutallab after the explosives stitched into his underwear failed to detonate and instead caused a small fire.

The botched plot triggered global alarm and led the US to adopt stringent new screening and security measures, including controversial patdowns at airports and a massive expansion of the country's no-fly list.

The reputation of the nation's intelligence services also took a hit because Abdulmutallab's father, a prominent Nigerian banker, had warned the CIA about his son's radicalisation.

Detention hearing request thrown out

In handwritten notes filed last month, the accused asked to be released from custody because Muslims "should only be judged and ruled by the law of the Qur’an" and complained of the use of "excessive force" by guards at the prison where he is being held.

Edmunds denied his motion to prevent the use of excessive force as "moot" - indicating it had no value - and also threw out his request for a detention hearing, court records showed.

Abdulmutallab's standby counsel filed motions to suppress statements his client made to investigators from prison, arguing that he spoke freely because he thought he was engaging in plea negotiations and that the statements would not be held against him.

But Edmunds also denied that motion, along with a request to have the trial moved outside of Detroit and to grant Abdulmutallab access to transcripts and evidence from the grand jury inquiry into his case.

Comments
  • Audi - 2011-09-15 09:38

    Retard!!!

      claudevn - 2011-09-15 10:02

      Dirka dirka, jihad!!! Mohammed Ali Jihad!!! lol

      IC1 - 2011-09-15 10:06

      Hahahahhahahahh Jihad indeedy, lol

      brok3news - 2011-09-15 10:20

      America, F*** YEAH! Coming again, to save the mother f*****g day yeah!

      Wonderboy - 2011-09-15 13:54

      "Sorry, I meant, Obama!"..

      slg - 2011-09-15 22:33

      The underwear bomber. :) Not much glory there. Might as well be called the dirty anus bomber.

  • Jacob - 2011-09-15 09:50

    Why does the US allow their sworn enemies to board a plane bound for their country? I thought I am stupid, but this is moronic, so do not be surprised if a guy like this blows up a plane, or a world trade centre. Look at 911 - the US even trained the terrorists as pilots. I am too scared to visit the US - my plane may be blown to bits before it reaches their shores

      toleranne - 2011-09-15 11:16

      In the last ten years, how many planes have blown up ... out of how many planes flying to the US?

      JK - 2011-09-15 12:08

      You are an idiot Jacob

  • SlapTjip - 2011-09-15 09:54

    Just shows, the Jihad terrorists are nothing but ill-diciplined thugs who use Islam as an excuse. They are nothing but criminals who everytime get pawned by the long arm of the law. Let's wait and see how he behaves when papa in jail smiles at him.

  • Debonaire - 2011-09-15 10:01

    FOR A MOMET THERE I THOUGHT THE HEADLINE WAS - OSAMA IS ALIVE SHOUTS UNDERWATER BOMBER

  • IC1 - 2011-09-15 10:08

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, but why are all terrrorists Muslim??

      bonbonie - 2011-09-15 10:26

      I will never be a Muslim. Evil people. I will remain a Christian because they are tolerant

      Wolfking - 2011-09-15 10:33

      @bonbonie, you joking...Christians tolerant..bwahahahahahaha.

      jowza - 2011-09-15 11:00

      so are you messenger.you come here daily with your anti-muslim crap

      Messenger - 2011-09-15 11:09

      Me, anti-Muslim? Love them enough to tell the truth.

      pop101 - 2011-09-15 11:12

      No jowza, YOU think YOU are inferior.

      Sharief - 2011-09-15 11:17

      anybody can make weapons.anybody can buy weapons,anybody can use weapons...ur question does not make sense,cause anybody no matter colour,race or religion can become terrorists..its like me asking y r all catholic people alcoholics or homosexual or strip dancers..@bonbonie,rather stay Christian,clearly it does not teach you about eqaulity

      daaivark - 2011-09-15 11:20

      Not true.

      Luapolku - 2011-09-15 12:12

      Why do you conveniently leave out Bush Blair and Sharon in your definition of terrorists when they are by far the biggest terrorists in the world,and what about the Norway killer the truth is you do not look at the crime but whi is doing it, if a muslim commits a crime you call them terrorists but if a white person commits a crime no matter what you will never call him a terrorist, you are openly racist and anti muslim.

      Luapolku - 2011-09-15 12:15

      @messenger, Islam is the only religon that will be accepted in the court of God, Muslims are the true followers of Jesus while christians go directly against his teachings of going aginst his basic teaching i.e. do not associate partners to God, they went and made him God, it is not to late to become a muslim tho

      DMoneyOOSSSS - 2011-09-15 12:25

      @Luapolku "it, if a muslim commits a crime you call them terrorists but if a white person commits a crime no matter what you will never call him a terrorist" where did race or colour come into this

      Messenger - 2011-09-15 12:42

      No thanks, Luapolku, Jesus warned me clearly: 1 John 2: 22-23 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 15:9 They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men." 15:14 Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit." 24:24 False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

      Luapolku - 2011-09-15 12:43

      @Dmoney, then plz answer my question above I dare you, regarding bush blair sharon and the norway bomber, what other logical reason could there be, challenge you answer the question, easy to say dont bring in the race card but the facts on the ground tell a different story.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-15 14:36

      Ever heard of the Christian militias in the rocky mountains of the US? Pretty much terrorist material those.

      granadilla - 2011-09-15 14:55

      it is sad that people like IC1 have such deep prejudices. it is even more sad that the youth killed in norway are forgotten. incidently, that terrorist was not muslim. that terrorist might have followed christianity but his actions were certainly not that of a christian. my intention is not to condemn IC1 but too highlight that for peace we all need to see the perspective of others.

      Matewis - 2011-09-15 15:04

      Anders Breivik is also a Christian. Was he tolerant?

      slg - 2011-09-16 06:14

      Luopolku, exactly why are George Bush and Tony Blair terrorists?

      slg - 2011-09-16 06:16

      And who says "Islam is the only religion that will be accepted in the court of God"? I didn't know God had a court. I wonder if he knows it. :)

  • Coconut - 2011-09-15 10:32

    Why waste taxpayers money. This dude wanted to die and was quite prepared to die. Shove a stick of dynamite up his a#se and light the fuse. Over and done with.

      Sharief - 2011-09-15 11:24

      no wonder u name is cocunut....shove s stick of dynamite,what..ur mind is a sad place,sounds like u also need phyciatric help,God judges people and only God will punish..

      Coconut - 2011-09-15 11:34

      Sharief, it sounds like you are a Muslim that's why the stupid comment, not because you are a Muslim, but because you have sympathy for the al-Quaeda cause. I wish that you were on that plane when the idiot tried to blow it up. Maybe then you would have a different perspective on the matter.

      The_Realist - 2011-09-15 11:46

      i agree, martyr him & let him live his delusion of 70 virgins, or is it 70 virgin camels, who knows or cares!

  • mynah - 2011-09-15 10:33

    "Passengers and crew members were able to restrain Abdulmutallab after the explosives stitched into his underwear failed to detonate and instead caused a small fire." Presumably after the small fire he didn't have the balls to carry through his plans...

      John - 2011-09-15 11:37

      No, all that happened was that he burnt his ball hairs off

      John - 2011-09-15 11:38

      Now he has a Brazillian...

      Wonderboy - 2011-09-15 14:01

      What a "Balls Up".

  • TerraFic - 2011-09-15 10:37

    They should try that underpant-bomb thing on him again in a controlled environment...

      J Burnstein - 2011-09-15 10:43

      Maybe we should fit you with a underwear bomb in a controlled environment?

      DMoneyOOSSSS - 2011-09-15 12:29

      @ J Burnstein KNOB

      TerraFic - 2011-09-15 13:11

      @ J Burnbum: Who's your daddy?? Let me guess... Bin Laden WAS your daddy??!

  • Philosopher - 2011-09-15 10:54

    Of course he is. So is Jesus!

      Sharief - 2011-09-15 11:28

      Jesus was never dead...

      Sharief - 2011-09-15 11:35

      Jesus was never dead...

      Messenger - 2011-09-15 12:04

      Strange comment, Sharief.

  • Eugene - 2011-09-15 11:33

    Hehe, underwear bomber. . . Imagine the first thing to go when that bomb goes off

      HappyGoLucky - 2011-09-15 12:24

      yip...the 'virgins' are going to be very upset

      Wonderboy - 2011-09-15 14:02

      A shrill scream.. "It worked!".

  • AliasG - 2011-09-15 11:40

    The underpants bomber - could you imagine a man with no private parts trying to sleep with 100 virgins in the promised land - would have been the most frustrated man ever...

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-09-15 12:01

      that is not islamic faith the virgin story is made up and no real muslim believes that- only the intolerant xtians trying to discredit the islamic faith. btw im not religious

  • Sisie - 2011-09-15 11:44

    If you commit a crime in a country other than your own - you have to abide by the rule of law of that country - it makes no difference if you are King/beggar or self proclaimed God. I think that you are only sorry that you got caught and didn't die at your own hands (no 79 virgins for you)- your conscience playing on you is it - you did not fulfill your destiny. Ag shame!

  • diezol - 2011-09-15 12:03

    how can i get my hands on these 70 odd virgins? sounds pretty shweet

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-15 14:40

      I Suggest World of Warcraft. Plenty of virgins there.

  • Messenger - 2011-09-15 12:11

    Muslims "should only be judged and ruled by the law of the Qur’an" - That way they will never be punished for slaying innocent non-Muslims.

  • aryantoo - 2011-09-15 12:23

    Give him the needle

  • Faz - 2011-09-15 13:03

    this guy deserves what he will get but generalising on islam because of a few bad apples is not going to stop terrorism. I think the US is being targeted more because of their intial actions. What goes around comes around... just my 2c

      pop101 - 2011-09-15 13:11

      Know what I do with a basket of apples when I find a couple of bad ones in between.....I throw them all out. You never hear the Islamic world condemn these couple crazy idiots, so I just assume they OK it.

  • lakhan7 - 2011-09-15 14:51

    its only the young people, with nothing in their lives that do this - age group 18 to 25. ...why are muslim parents allowing this? avoid sending your kids to religious schools , as it is clearly evident that the schools are been mis-used. ( peer pressure takes its toll on the young developing mind ) Osama bin laden didnt strap himself up with a bomb - THEN WHY SHOULD YOU? Umar, then why should you?

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