Accused "Underwear Bomber" defiant in court, repeats the word "jihad" as charges are read

Hearing comes as potential jurors answer survey

DETROIT (WXYZ) - For the first time, the alleged "underwear bomber" was truly defiant while appearing in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of hiding a bomb in his underwear on Christmas in 2009, then trying to set it off while on a Detroit-bound jetliner with 290 people aboard.

On Wednesday, more than 200 people had been summoned to fill out a jury questionnaire.

During the instruction period, Judge Nancy Edmunds was with the potential jurors on the first floor while Abdulmutallab appeared through closed circuit television. Rod Hansen, media information officer for the court tells Action News, Abdulmutallab walked into the courtroom and said what sounded like, "Osama lives!" Hansen said the court is checking its records to confirm what was said.

Abdulmutallab went on to repeat "jihad" multiple times while the judge was reading his charges. At one point, Judge Edmunds asked 24-year old Nigerian to stand, but he refused and put his feet on the table instead. U.S. Marshals had to remove them.

The suspect was also in court for several motion hearings. Abdulmutallab wants the judge to throw out statements he made while being treated at a University of Michigan hospital last year after the alleged attack.

A nurse testified that Abdulmutallab wanted the Christmas music turned off while he was being treated at the hospital.

He says federal investigators did not read him his rights and interrogated him while he was sedated. Investigators have said they didn't read him his rights because there is an exemption to the requirement when immediate public safety is a concern.

Abdulmutallab also wants his trial moved out of Michigan. He says folks here have "overall hostility" towards him.

He will be making arguments in his own defense. Abdulmutallab dismissed his court-appointed lawyers last year . The court has assigned an attorney to assist him and act as co-counsel throughout his defense.

 

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