Man in attempted jetliner bombing due in court

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner with 290 people aboard using a bomb hidden in his underwear is due in federal court for a hearing on postponing his trial.

Detroit U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds Is to preside at Thursday's hearing for Umar Abdulmutallab's (ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb).

His trial is scheduled October 4, but a lawyer helping him wants more time after getting more evidence from the government.

Anthony Chambers also seeks a new deadline to challenge evidence.

Prosecutors have urged Edmunds to stick to the October trial date, saying any delays are "needless."

Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Christmas Day 2009.

Eleven crew members and 279 passengers were aboard.

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