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Man charged in airline attack wants lawyers' file

Jan 10, 2011 9:43:00 PM - thestate.com
A Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 wants the file held by his former defense lawyers.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) says he believes the file contains information from experts who don't believe he was capable of destroying Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam.

Abdulmutallab made the request Monday in a court filing. He fired his lawyers in September and is representing himself with help from Detroit attorney Anthony Chambers.

Abdulmutallab is charged with trying to blow up a plane with about 300 people aboard by igniting an explosive in his underwear. Passengers saw flames and quickly subdued him.

A message seeking comment was left with his former lawyer, Miriam Siefer. Abdulmutallab also asks for permission to skip a hearing Wednesday.