Update: Nigerian plane terrorist pleads Not Guilty in Detroit
According to the Guardian, the underwear bomber has entered a plea of not guilty to charges laid against him this morning in the Detroit courtroom. More updates to follow as this story progresses.
By this afternoon, the world will have an answer as to the outcome of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's looming fate and what the gloomy future may hold for this young Nigerian man.
The Nigerian man accused of attempting to detonate a bomb on a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day is to make his first court appearance in the US.
With the trial set to begin within the hour, morning news programs showed security measures around and in the courthouse that have been highly intensified including air units surveying the streets, mounted police and even a pack of bomb sniffing dogs have been brought in to secure the area. Large crowds are expected and backlash anticipated, but local officials are working hard to prevent any situations from arising.
Mr Abdulmutallab is due to appear in a federal court in Detroit at 1400 local time (1900 GMT) for his arraignment.
Is is expected that Abdulmutallab will most likely remain silent during his hearing and will probably rely on an insanity or not guilt plea. It will be interesting to see what arises with all the talk of some of the paperwork and intelligence being misconstrued, will it effect the trial?
Facing six different charges including "the attempted murder of 290 people" and the use of a weapon of mass destruction, this young man is facing a future quite grim, as he sits awaiting his verdict.