Accused “Underwear Bomber” Wants To Be Judged By Koran
A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up an airliner near Detroit with an explosive hidden in his underwear has asked to be judged by the Koran rather than US law.
A handwritten request by 24 year old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab asks US District Judge Nancy Edmunds to release him from federal prison because he "believes that all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran."
"The Defendant is being unjustly detained in the United States of America, and subjected to the Rule of Man," the note from Abdulmutallab to the court said.
The judge will rule on that motion and five others at a pretrial hearing on September 14.
Jury selection is set for October 4 for Abdulmutallab's trial on charges of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam as it neared Detroit on December 25, 2009.
Abdulmutallab also asked the judge for a change of venue because he doesn't believe he can get a fair trial in Detroit. He also wants her to throw out the statements he made to investigators while he was in the hospital and at the federal prison in Milan, Michigan.
He's also acting as his own attorney.
And we all know what they say about someone who insists on acting as his own attorney.