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Underwear bomber's life sentence upheld by US court

Published on Jan 14, 2014 6:45 AM

(REUTERS) - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who tried to set off an explosive hidden in his underwear while aboard a US airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, on Monday, Jan 13, 2014, had his life sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.

The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the man known as the Underwear Bomber that the sentence was cruel and unusual punishment, and that US District Judge Nancy Edmunds in Detroit had erred by letting him represent himself at trial despite doubt about his competency.

Abdulmutallab, 27, challenged the sentence despite having pleaded guilty in October 2011, one day after his trial began.

He called his attempted bombing at the time a part of his"religious duty" to participate in a jihad against the United States to avenge attacks on Muslims by that country.

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