DETROIT — A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a plane near Detroit in 2009 accused U.S. agents Friday of failing to read him his Miranda rights and interrogating him while he was sedated and recovering from major burns soon after his arrest.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wants a judge to throw out statements made at University of Michigan hospital. He also asked that his fall trial be moved out of Michigan because of the public's "overall hostility" toward him.
Abdulmutallab, 24, is charged with trying to ignite explosives in his underwear on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight with nearly 300 people aboard. Passengers pounced on him and put out the flames on Christmas Day 2009.
Friday was the deadline to challenge the government's evidence ahead of the Oct. 4 trial in Detroit. Abdulmutallab insists on acting as his own lawyer, but he's being assisted by standby counsel Anthony Chambers.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade declined to comment and said the government would respond in court. In 1984, in a case from New York state, the U.S. Supreme Court said there are circumstances where an immediate concern for public safety can trump someone's Miranda rights.