The Pendleton Panther

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab In Court

Posted on: January 6, 2010

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appeared before a federal grand jury in a Michigan Court on Wednesday, facing six criminal counts for his attempted terrorist actions on Christmas.  Among others charges, Abdulmutallab is being accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in an act of terrorism.  The WMD, in this case, is the aircraft that the would be hijacker tried and failed to commandeer.  The indictment also charges him with attempted murder, attempting to destroy an aircraft, willfully placing a bomb on an aircraft, use of a bomb during a violent crime, and possession of a bomb during a violent crime.  Each of those counts usually carry a 20-30 year sentence each, so it is doubtful that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will receive anything less than life.  The largest focus of the investigation, however, is still to identify and capture Abdulmutallab’s Al Qaeda contacts allegedly located in Yemen.  As Attorney General Eric Holder said “This investigation is fast-paced, global and ongoing, and it has already yielded valuable intelligence that we will follow wherever it leads.”


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