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6:32 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Concerns raised on Detroit plane bombing trial

DETROIT –

Michigan's entire congressional delegation has told Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano it wants assurances the U.S. will pay for security at the trial of a man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.

The 17 lawmakers wrote her Thursday saying her earlier responses were "insufficient."

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria awaits trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He's accused of trying to set off a bomb aboard a flight from Amsterdam on Christmas.

The letter criticizes Napolitano's earlier response that funding for trial security could come from a program that didn't get congressional funding.

Comment was being sought Thursday from Napolitano's office.