‘Wholesale Bikini bomber’ Abdulmutallab appeals life sentence
DETROIT — “Underwear bomber” Umar lingerie china Farouk Abdulmutallab has appealed his life sentence for attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009.
The 25-year-old Nigerian was sentenced Thursday, having pleaded guilty in October to terrorism and attempted murder charges for his failed bid to down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a concealed explosive device. Nearly 300 people were aboard the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
He filed appeal documents in the US District Court in Detroit, filling out the papers after his sentencing and before he was hauled back to prison, the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported Friday.
Speaking in court Thursday, Abdulmutallab, who has represented himself during the proceedings, said his actions were meant to avenge “the attacks of the United States on Muslims.”
He has admitted he was operating at the direction of US-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen last year.
US District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who handed down the sentence, said Abdulmutallab saw his plot “as divinely inspired and a continuing mission” and noted he “has never expressed doubt or regret or remorse.”
Abdulmutallab argued that a life sentence would be an unconstitutional, cruel and unusual punishment because no one other than himself was injured in his failed terrorist attack.