September 13th, 2010
02:42 PM ET

Accused Christmas bomber will represent himself

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up a plane last Christmas, said in court Monday he no longer wants to be represented by federal defenders and would act as his own attorney.

Judge Nancy Edmunds granted his request and appointed him standby counsel. She also asked him a series of questions about his knowledge of law, the case and the charges he faces.

AbdulMutallab, the British-educated son of a Nigerian bank executive, is suspected of trying to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a plane from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25.

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  1. Dayo

    No matter the way he wants it, the prosecution is all am interested in.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jo

    He may get all the virgins when he is given the needle, but he wont be able to do anything! What a disappointment for those virgins.....................

    October 14, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    He who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client.

    October 14, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |