The process of trying the alleged ‘underwear bomber’ has begun in the United States with jury selection.
250 potential candidates are being whittled down to 12 with four alternatives, over the next few days in Detroit.
Twenty-four year old Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab has decided to defend himself against charges that he tried to bring down a Northwest airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
It is alleged he tried to detonate an explosive device sewn into his underpants, but the suicide attempt failed and he was burned before being overpowered by other passengers.
Because of the publicity at the time the judge will have difficulty finding fair and impartial jurors.
One potential candidate told the court she could not withhold judgement because she felt ‘he is very guilty.’