Failed bombing suspect faces life imprisonment

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian national, has been charged in a six-count criminal indictment for his alleged role in the attempted Christmas day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight.

Let’s see the indictment charges and the penalties, one by one –

Count 1: Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Count 2: Attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the US, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Count 3: Willful attempt to destroy or wreck an aircraft within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the US, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Count 4: Willfully placing a destructive device on an aircraft within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the US, which was likely to endanger the safety of such aircraft. This violation carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Count 5: Use of a firearm/destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a consecutive mandatory 30 years in prison.

Count 6: Possession of a firearm/destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, which carries a consecutive mandatory 30 years in prison.

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the charges that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab faces could imprison him for life. “This investigation is fast-paced, global and ongoing, and it has already yielded valuable intelligence that we will follow wherever it leads. Anyone we find responsible for this alleged attack will be brought to justice using every tool—military or judicial—available to our government.”

“The attempted murder of 289 innocent people merits the most serious charges available, and that’s what we have charged in this indictment,” said US Attorney Barbara L. McQuade, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Northwest Airlines flight 253 carried 279 passengers and 11 crew members.
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