The Associated Press
Maryam Uwais, a lawyer in Nigeria, is escorted away from federal court in Detroit on Friday. Uwais says she was sent by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s family to observe the hearing on Friday. Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian suspect who allegedly tried to set off an explosive device aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas as it came in for a landing in Detroit from Amsterdam, pleaded not guilty.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nigerian accused of trying to take down an airliner with an underwear bomb on Christmas Day is cooperating with investigators.
Officials say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK'
ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) has been discussing his contacts in Yemen and providing intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations.
In the days following the failed bombing, a pair of FBI agents
flew to Nigeria and persuaded Abdulmutallab's family to help them. According to a senior administration official briefed on the case, those relatives then convinced the suspect to work with the FBI, believing he would be treated fairly in U.S. courts.
FBI officials continue to question Abdulmutallab, working in
collaboration with CIA and other intelligence authorities. President Barack Obama has been getting regular updates on the interrogation.