Christmas Terror Suspect and His Underwear Plead Not Guilty
DETROIT - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he tried to blow up a packed U.S. Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. His underwear was even more emphatic about its innocence.
"I have nothing to do with this guy. He stuck exposives in me and then I get blamed for it. Then they make fun and refer to him as the "panty bomber". Hey, I have nothing to do with terrorism, Islam, or nothing man. He practically burned me up completely because he was so incompetent. I was merely at the wrong place, on the wrong person, at the wrong time."
The failed attack caused popping sounds and flames that passengers and crew rushed to extinguish. Abdulmatallab was indicted on Friday on charges including attempted murder and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill nearly 300 people. The underwear's indictment includes concealment as well.
Abdulmutallab has told U.S. investigators he received training and instructions from al-Qaida operatives in Yemen. The underwear insists it is made in the USA and has never even been overseas.
Abdulmutallab and his underwear face up to life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a bomb on the plane. Abulmatallab is being held at a federal prison in Michigan, along with his underwear which is hanging on a hook in solitary confinement.