In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Alleged airline terrorist transferred to prison

DETROIT – An attorney for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane near Detroit says he's been transferred to a federal prison.

Miriam Siefer says she hasn't had in-depth talk yet with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
since he was charged Saturday. Siefer, the chief federal defender in Detroit, called the charges serious but declined further comment.

She said Sunday he's now at a prison in Milan, about 50 miles away from Detroit, after being released from a hospital where he was treated for burns.

Siefer says she's trying to find a legal basis to oppose the government's request for a DNA sample during a hearing on Monday. Abdulmutallab won't be present at that hearing.