Friday, August 26, 2011

"Underwear Bomber" Files Unusual Motions Seeking Relief on Religious Grounds

Yesterday, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, in federal prison in Michigan accused of attempting to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 using a bomb hidden in his underwear, filed two unusual handwritten letters with the Michigan federal district court yesterday.  The first (full text), captioned Motion for Detention Hearing, (brackets in original) reads:
The Defendant Abdulmutallab, is a Muslim who believes in Allah and His messenger Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him], and believes that all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran.
The Defendant is being unjustly detained, in the United States of America, and subjected to the Rule of Man.
The Defendant Abdulmutallab moves the Court to order his release, and that the Defendant only be judged and ruled by the law of the Quran.
The second (full text), captioned Motion for No Use of Excessive Force on Defendant Abdulmutallab, (brackets in original) reads:
On the 24th of August 2011, between the hours of 5:00 am to 10: am, in the Holy month of Ramadan, Defendant Abdulmutallab, in Defense of Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him], [the Messenger of Allah to Mankind who is being defamed and abused by the United States of America] assaulted several officers from his cell.
As a result, Excessive Force was used to restrain Defendant Abdulmutallab who was already in a closed cell on his own.
The Defendant moves the court to order that no Excessive Force be used on Defendant Abdulmutallah in justly defending Muhammad (PBUH) and his Religion.
[The United States legally allows the defamation of Muhammad (PBUH), and by allowing so it is defaming and Abusing Him] PBUH 
Abdulmutallah's trial is set to begin October 4.  He dismissed his legal team last year, but has court-appointed back-up counsel.  The Detroit News reports on the filings.