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26 August 2011

Suspect in bombing attempt of Detroit-bound airliner asks court to release him

bilde.jpgThe so-called underwear bombing suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009, has a new request: Let me out of here.

In a court filing Thursday, Abdulmutallab asked a federal judge to release him from prison, claiming he's being "unjustly detained" by the American government.

"(A)ll Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran," Abdulmutallab wrote.

In a separate, handwritten court filing, the Nigerian national also wrote that "excessive force" was used to restrain him Wednesday after he assaulted several officers from his cell "in defense of Muhammad."

Abdulmutallab asked the court to order that no excessive force be used on him.

The requests are part of a growing list of complaints that Abdulmutallab has had with the justice system since he was arrested .

Last September, he fired his court-appointed attorneys, insisting he could represent himself. In April, he said in court that he has been denied certain reading materials and commissary items, and that he hadn't been able to call his standby lawyer when he wants.

"I feel -- how should I say -- I'm being treated unjustly and unfairly by the government," Abdulmutallab told U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds at the April hearing.

His standby attorney, prominent criminal defense lawyer Anthony Chambers, declined to comment on the latest filing. He would only say: "We are preparing to go to trial."

The case is set for trial Oct. 4.

Authorities have said that Abdulmutallab is an al-Qaida operative trained in Yemen for the suicide mission, which was foiled when a passenger subdued Abdulmutallab. He is facing numerous charges, including conspiracy to commit terrorism.

In September, when Abdulmutallab fired his government-appointed lawyers, he suggested that he wanted to plead guilty to some charges. He has said nothing about a plea since




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