Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man, who is serving a life sentence for his failed attempt to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al Qaeda in 2009, is reportedly suing the government of the United States over the way he has been treated in prison.
Dubbed the “underwear bomber”, Abdulmutallab is said to be suing the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for denying him free speech and religious rights.
It is understood that he is accusing the US of “infringing on his rights and maltreating him”.
He had on Christmas Day 2009 attempted to set-off a bomb hidden in his underwear during an Amsterdam to Detroit flight.
Abdulmutallab, who was then 22, was sentenced to life imprisonment and jailed at the United States Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado.
But in a suit filed on his behalf by Gail Johnson, his attorney, Abdulmutallab alleged that prison officials were violating his rights by holding him in solitary confinement.
Within the court filing, Abdulmutallab complains of being held in long-term solitary confinement under Special Administrative Measures (SAMs).
“The SAMs imposed on Mr. Abdulmutallab prohibit him from having any communication whatsoever with more than 7.5 billion people, the vast majority of people on the planet,” states the complaint, which was first reported in The Denver Post.
He said his communication with relatives had been restricted and he was force-fed when he went on a hunger strike.
The 30-year-old also claimed that the guards allowed “white supremacists” to distract him during prayer times, desecrated his prayer cloth and books.
“Prisoners retain fundamental constitutional rights to communicate with others and have family relationships free from undue interference by the government,” Johnson said.
“The restrictions imposed on our client are excessive and unnecessary, and therefore we seek the intervention of the federal court.”
He prayed that he should be regularly provided with halal food in accordance with his held religious beliefs.