The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jet on Christmas 2009 caused a stir in court Wednesday, shouting “Usama is alive!” and “Allah Akbar!” during the questioning of potential jurors in his case.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, who is accused of trying detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a Detroit-bound plane,  sat through final pretrial motions and instructions to 250 potential jurors in a federal court.

Abdulmutallab, wearing a black skullcap, long white T-shirt and khaki pants, was on the eighth floor of the courthouse watching by video conference as District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds distributed questionnaires to the jury candidates down on the first floor of the courthouse. The separation was “for security reasons,” the U.S. Marshals said.

Abdulmutallab’s outbursts were in reply to Edmunds as she mentioned his name to the jury. He then continued the drama by refusing to stand up, and instead putting his feet on the desk in front of him. U.S. Marshals standing nearby forced him to comply.

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