Man Claims Diplomatic Immunity, Fights Arraignment

Man Claims Diplomatic Immunity, Fights Arraignment

A West Michigan man is claiming to be a "sovereign citizen" while fighting arraignment on a resisting arrest and obstructing police charge.

Court documents state 36-year-old Muhhammad Abdel Hakeem also is claiming diplomatic immunity. Prosecutors are expected to try and arraign him Monday.

Abdel Hakeem was arrested Wednesday after a utility worker called 911 to report being threatened while trying to disconnect natural gas service at his Muskegon home.

Court records show Abdel Hakeem refused to cooperate for arraignments on Thursday and Friday. Jail workers told a judge he is refusing to speak with government officials.

Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy J. Maat says a judge can enter a "not guilty" plea and an uncooperative defendant "can be arraigned without his consent."


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