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Detroit Feds Score Victory; Judge Rules Incriminating Statements of Underwear Bomber Admissible


Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds in Detroit scored a victory in a pretrial battle against the man dubbed the “Underwear Bomber.”

The Detroit Free reports [1] that U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds ruled Thursday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s incriminating statements he made to the FBI after the 2009 incident can be used in trial.

The paper reported that the judge concluded that Abdulmutallab wasn’t under the influence of the painkiller fentanyl when he confessed to the FBI that he was an al Qaeda operative who was trying to blow up the Northwest airlines plane bound for Detroit from Europe on Christmas Day in in 2009.

Edmunds also ruled that agents didn’t have to read him his Miranda rights before the interview because of concerns that there might have been other suicide bombers planning attacks that day.

“I’m satisfied based on the testimony… that he was in fact lucid, not confused and fully oriented,” Edmunds said following two days of testimony at an evidentiary hearing, according to the Free Press. “There was no reason to believe he didn’t understand the questions being asked or circumstances under which he was being asked those questions.”

She added: “I’m also satisfied there was a national security exception… that excused the giving of Miranda warnings.”

Agents eventually read the Miranda rights after questioning him for a while.

Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 4. Trial is set for Oct. 11.