Nigerian bomber's family shocked by case

2012-02-17 09:31

Detroit - The family of a Nigerian man sentenced to life in prison for trying to destroy an international jetliner says the case brought them "tremendous shock".

Nine members of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's family travelled to Detroit but did not attend Thursday's hearing. Abdulmutallab is the son of Umaru Mutallab, a wealthy Nigerian banker.

In a statement, the family said anyone who knew Abdulmutallab would believe he'd be the "last person" to try to blow up a plane for al-Qaeda. It also says the family is grateful that no one was seriously hurt.

The statement suggested the family didn’t agree with the sentence of life without parole. Just two days into last October's trial, Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to trying to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas day in 2009.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-17 11:00

    Should have been given the death penalty!

  • Christina - 2012-02-17 11:08

    children sometimes bring pain to parents, maar why?

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-17 13:35

      Rich parents, bored kids, getting lots of money to entertain themselves. Easy pickings for a terrorist organisation, especially in Africa.

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