Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to bomb a Northwest Airline airplane on Christmas Day in 2009, pleaded guilty to all eight charges. He was told he had the right to remain silent but he waived the right and admitted the charges against him. He can go to prison for life.
In a statement to the court, Abdulmutallab said he tried to bomb the plane as an act of retaliation against the U.S. for the “killing of my brothers and sisters in Muslim lands.”
“I intentionally carried an explosive device” onto the plane, he said. The device was concealed in his underwear. He was subdued by passengers after failing to set it off.
Asked if he was aware that his actions were against the law, he replied, “Yes, U.S. law.” He called American law unjust and oppressive according to the Koran.
The judge accepted his guilty pleas to all eight felony counts and set sentencing for Jan. 12. The charges include attempted murder and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Abdulmutallab has been in custody since his arrest.