DETROIT (AP) -- A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit on Christmas has told a federal judge he wants to represent himself in court.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds advised Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab not to go that route, but he insisted.
Abdulmutallab told her, "I would prefer to represent myself."
Abdulmutallab's appearance at the federal courthouse Monday afternoon was his first since January.
He's in custody awaiting trial on charges that include attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Nearly 300 people were aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
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