‘Underwear Bomber’ Sues Over Prison Conditions

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The infamous “underwear bomber,” serving a life sentence in the Supermax federal prison in Florence, Co., is suing the federal government, the Denver Post reports. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who failed in a Christmas Day 2009 attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a bomb sewn into his underwear, argues that his rights under the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act are being violated. Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, is serving four terms of life imprisonment plus 50 years. He was convicted in 2012 on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction on a commercial airliner. The Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit had 289 people on board.

In the 73-page court filing, Abdulmutallab complains about being in long-term solitary confinement under “special administrative measures” that prohibit him “from having any communication whatsoever with more than 7.5 billion people, the vast majority of people on the planet.” Suit contends that the rules “severely restrict his ability to practice his religion.” Abdulmutallab, a Muslim, is not allowed to “participate in group prayer.” Supermax does not have an imam on staff or under contract, according to the filing.

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