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Oct 5, 2011 4:03 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Judge: Terrorist can sue over prison restrictions

DENVER (AP) - A man convicted of a 1998 terrorist strike on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania has won the right to sue the federal government over tight restrictions on his visitors and letter-writing at the federal Supermax prison in southern Colorado.

Khalfan Khamis Mohammed is serving a life sentence at the high-security prison, where he says the restrictions violate his civil rights.

Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Denver, said Wednesday he could not comment on the ruling.

The story was first reported by the Denver Post and the New York Times.

In a handwritten filing in 2008 in Denver District Court, Mohammed said the special administrative measures that allow restrictions on federal prisoners were "in violation of the First Amendment rights, equal protection rights, cruel and unusual punishment."

Representing himself, the Tanzanian man also complained that he was barred from watching religious programming on Arabic television, even though Christian prisoners had access to their spiritual leaders.

In her ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger said the federal government failed to show that the people with whom Mohammed wants to communicate pose a threat to the security of the prison or the public.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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