Nigeria ‘underwear bomber’ sues US authority over rights abuses

Nigeria ‘underwear bomber’ sues US authority over rights abuses

- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has now filed a lawsuit against the U.S. department of justice, claiming that the department is denying him his free speech and religious rights

- Abdulmutallab who is currently serving multiple life sentences for attempting to set off a bomb in his underwear on a plane on Christmas Day in 2009

- He claimed that justice department went too far in restricting his contact with the outside world including his family

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a convicted Nigerian bomber, has filed a lawsuit against the United States' Justice Department for violating his rights to free speech and religion.

Abdulmutallab was convicted of attempting to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight in 2009 and was sentenced to four life terms plus 50 years without parole in 2012.

According to Reuters, in his lawsuit application filed in a Colorado federal court, Abdulmutallab accused authorities at the United States Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, where he is being held of denying him his constitutional rights to practice his religion and communicate with his family.

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His lawsuit is claiming that justice department went too far in restricting his contact with the outside world, even prohibiting him from speaking to his nieces and nephews because his confinement was based on “special administrative measures imposed on national security grounds.

In an interview with the New York Times, Abdulmutallab's lawyer Gail Johnson said: Prisoners retain fundamental constitution right to communicate with others and have families relationship free from under interference by the government.

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''The restriction imposed on our client are excessive and unnecessary and therefore we seek intervention of the federal court.''

It was learn that he was trained at an al-Qaida camp in Yemen by the U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian man who tried to set off an explosive hidden in his underwear while aboard a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, on Monday had his life sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.

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Source: Naija.ng

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