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Underwear bomber spared Supermax prison | Detroit Free Press on Astini News

Confessed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been spared the Supermax prison experience imposed on other convicted terrorists – at least for now.&

& Abdulmutallab, 25, has officially left Michigan and is serving his mandatory life prison sentence in a high-security prison – not a Supermax prison -- in Florence, Colo., according to the Federal Bureau of Prison's website.&

& The confessed terrorist was sentenced last month to mandatory life in prison for trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day 2009.&

& Abdulmutallab, a well-educated Nigerian student who had traveled the world and hailed from a wealthy family, was spared the fate of other high-profile terrorists, who are serving their sentences in Supermax. They include Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid and Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.&

& It is unclear whether Abdulmutallab will be transported to Supermax, which also is in Florence, Col. BOP officials were unavailable for comment. &

& Abdulmutallab's standy-attorney Anthony Chambers, who learned of the prison transfer today, was relieved to learn that Abdulmutallab had avoided Supermax.&

& "It's a tough one," Chambers said of Supermax. "There are a lot more restrictions in Supermax. You're locked down 23-hours a day and your interaction with others is limited."&

& Chambers said visitation rights are also very limited, sometimes denied unless an inmate has had good behavior for several years.&

& Chambers said while it remains unclear if Abdulmutallab will be eventually moved to Supermax, he hopes prison officials keep him at the current location.&

& "That is better for him and his family," Chambers said, adding Abdulmutallab doesn't pose a safety concern to other inmates. "He's not a huge threat or anything like that."&

& Chambers also said that while Abdulmutallab was detained in the Milan federal detention center in Michigan, he had "been a pretty good inmate."

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