GOP Lawmakers Want Military Trial for NW Suspect

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House Republicans are calling for the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight to be tried in a military tribunal instead of a civilian court.

On Tuesday Rep. Peter King of New York told NBC's Today Show that the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, would be given more legal rights in a civilian court - including the right to a lawyer.

He such an occurrence would make it harder for authorities to get useful intelligence that could help prevent future attacks.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told the Detroit News Abdulmutallab should be detained at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay prison.

"My preference would be that we packed (Abdulmutallab) up and sent him to Gitmo and designated him as an enemy combatant."

But the Detroit Free Press reports that if Abdulmutallab faces a trial at all it would likely take place in Detroit, Mich.

Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor, told the Press the destination of the Northwest flight would by itself place the trial in Detroit.

"If he was 20 minutes" from landing, "he was probably over Michigan" not another state, Henning said. "This is where it will be tried."

Meanwhile, Abdulmutallab is being detained in a federal prison located in Milan, Mich. According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, the Nigerian suspect's case is still being investigated and that he could face more charges.

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