Jan 13 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man
who tried to set off an explosive hidden in his underwear while
aboard a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, on Monday had
his life sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by
Abdulmutallab, known as the underwear bomber, that the trial
judge erred by letting him represent himself despite doubt about
his competency and by admitting incriminating statements he made
without having first been read his rights.
It also rejected Abdulmutallab's argument that the life
sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
Travis Rossman, a lawyer for the defendant, had no immediate
comment, his office said.
The case is U.S. v. Abdulmutallab, 6th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals, No. 12-1207.