Nigerian suicide bomber, Abdulmutallab sues US for ‘maltreating him’

Suicide bomber, Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is serving life sentence in a US prison has sued the government for “infringing on his rights and maltreating him”.

Popularly known as “underwear bomber”, Farouk is the son of Umaru Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian businessman and the chairman of Jaiz Bank.

Background:

  • On Christmas day in 2009, Abdulmutallab attempted to explode a bomb hidden in his underpants, on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
  • He was handed a life sentence in 2012 and jailed at the US Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado.

His suit:

In a suit filed through his attorney, Gail Johnson, the bomber alleged that prison officials were violating his rights by holding him in solitary confinement.

He added that he was fed forcefully when he went on hunger strike.

He 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.

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