By Jonathan Oosting | MLive.com
December 30, 2009, 10:05AM
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab presented a valid Nigerian passport and U.S. visa to authorities in Amsterdam on Christmas day before boarding Detroit-bound Flight 253, Holland's counter-terrorism agency tells CBS News.
Dec. 30, CBSNews.com: Abdulmutallab arrived in Amsterdam on Friday from Lagos, Nigeria. After a layover of less than three hours, he passed through a security check at the gate in Amsterdam, including a hand baggage scan and a metal detector, officials said.
Abdulmutallab was carrying a valid Nigerian passport and had a valid U.S. visa, the Dutch said. His name did not appear on any Dutch list of terror suspects.
According to Reuters, NCTb and Dutch military police had been investigating the claims of Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell, who first told MLive.com he witnessed a well-dressed man try to help Abdulmutallab board the flight in Amsterdam without a passport.
The NCTb reportedly reviewed CCTV video and other evidence, and as CBS states, their investigation "into Abdulmutallab's passport pokes holes in the theory that the alleged bomber had help evading security."
But Haskell, who talked yesterday with the FBI, is sticking by his account.
"I never stated he didn't have a passport," he told MLive.com this morning. "I stated he was trying to board without a passport, what transpired after that I don't know."
Haskell, also questioned why Dutch authorities haven't released the security footage that could clear up the matter.
"Show me the video," he said. "They have the video of what I'm talking about. Where is it? Why aren't they showing it?"
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