Friday, February 17, 2012

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "Underwear Bomber" sentenced to life in prison

A Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is being prosecuted by a United States federal court for trying to blow a Detriot-bound airline on December 25, 2009, has been sentenced to life imprisonment

Delivering his judgement yesterday over the matter, Judge Nancy Edmunds held that the convict, who pleaded 'guilty' in October last year to about eight -count charge, deserved to be put behind bars for the rest of his life for terrorism.

Judge Edmunds added that the courtroom had "heard some moving testimony" yesterday but noted that Abdulmutallab did not show remorse for his actions. "This was an act of terrorism that cannot be quibbled with," Edmunds said.

According to Edmunds, the court will have no ability to control Abdulmutallab from further acting on his intentions.

"I believe he poses a significant ongoing threat to safety of American citizens everywhere. There is no rationale, no excuse for blowing up a plane and trying to kill hundreds of innocent people," the US Prosecutor Cathleen Corken argued on Thursday.

During the sentence hearing in the court, passengers aboard the Christmas Day 2009 flight confronted AbdulMutallab who entered the courtroom wearing khaki clam diggers, white socks, slip-on shoes, a white skull cap and handcuffs, telling him he had failed as a terrorist.

Though the convict ignored the dramatic statements from fellow passengers aboard the flight, one of them named, Shama Choper from Montreal shouted and said: "I'm standing here today to see goodness win over evil,"

When contacted, the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye declined comments, saying he would not want to comment on the sentencing without the directives from the appropriate quarters.


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