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Accused 'underwear bomber' in court

April 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM   |   Comments

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DETROIT, April 7 (UPI) -- The Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a plane over Michigan in 2009 told a federal judge Thursday prison guards are arbitrarily limiting his reading.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing, the Detroit Free Press reported. He is representing himself at the moment, although he also complained of being denied phone calls to his lawyer.

Abdulmutallab allegedly flew on Delta Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25, 2009, with a bomb concealed in his underwear. His alleged plan was to bring the plane down as it approached the Detroit airport.

While Abdulmutallab said last year when he fired his lawyers he wanted to enter a guilty plea to some charges, he said nothing about that Thursday. His standby lawyer, Anthony Chambers, said he expects the case to go to trial.

In court, Abdulmutallab told U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds he has been banned from reading "inflammatory" material, with guards taking an expansive view of the term. He also said his subscription to an unnamed magazine was canceled.

"That leaves me with nothing but a few religious books and certain fiction," Abdulmutallab said.

Edmunds asked him to provide a list of material he has been denied and said she would try to help him.

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