Abdul Mutallab arraigned at Detroit court, pleads not guilty; 6 charges for terror plot; father did not come….
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A federal judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Randon, in Detroit took all but 3 (three) minutes only for the opening trial formalities for Nigerian-born terror-plotter Farouk AbdulMutallab. Farouk pleaded not guilty.
The infamous 23-years-old Mutallab affirmed to the judge that he read the indictment and understood the charges, and aware he will be held until further trial. No future trial date has been set.
The parents of the alleged terrorist did not show up at the trial, which was first reported as breaking news last week, exclusively, on USAfricaonline.com by USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu — deriving from his chats with sources close to the Alhaji Umaru Abdulmutallab’s family inside Nigeria and in the U.S.
But two Nigerian-born attorneys Maryam Uwais and Mahmud Kazaure, based and licensed in Maryland, said they came to observe on behalf of the Alhaji Umaru Abdulmutallab’s family. His son came in to court wearing a white T-shirt and beige trousers/pants.
The court will inform the public defender and the government of the date for the substantive trial, drawing from the indictment from a U.S. grand jury on Wednesday January 6, 2010 against Farouk Abdulmutallab on six counts for trying to blow up an American airliner Northwest flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009.
The charges include attempted murder of the other 289 passengers and crew aboard the plane, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, namely, the high explosive Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) and
Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), among other ingredients. His tutoring from al Qaeda in the Arab peninsula and affiliated terrorism networks remain points of security probes by the American and other international intelligence agencies. President Obama has since accepted the clumsy handling of preventive security on Mutallab’s fumbled, deadly bombing plot.
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