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Alleged Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab,pleads not guilty

Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

, the Nigerian, accused of attempting to blow up a US bound plane on Christmas day has pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

Abdul Mutalab, 23, made the plea when he was arraigned at a federal courthouse in Detroit in the US on Friday.

He is accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane carrying 290 people and he faces life imprisonment on six charges.

After a series of questions from Magistrate Judge Mark Randon, Abdul Mutallab’s lawyers informed the court that their client would stand mute — meaning he did not plead guilty or not guilty, but a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf by the court.

Abdul Mutallab stood in court in khaki pants and an oversize white ’T’-shirt flanked by his lawyer, Federal Defender Miriam Siefer, during the 3-minute arraignment.

Outside the federal courthouse in Detroit was a beehive of activity as scores of demonstrators, media and lawyers swarmed the building for the suspect’s arraignment.

The botched bombing has triggered widespread safety and security precautions, leading the US to adopt stringent new screening and security measures at airports around the world.

US President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a sweeping overhaul of flawed intelligence services, including adding more suspected terrorists to the ’no-fly list’.