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American Taliban seeks group prayer in US prison

American Taliban seeks group prayer in US prison

An American-born Taliban fighter is heading to trial in Indianapolis in a lawsuit over prison prayer that will examine how far officials can go to ensure security in an age of terrorism.
Thirty-one-year-old John Walker Lindh is expected to testify in federal court Monday in the lawsuit that challenges limits placed on group prayer among Muslims housed in a closely monitored unit at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Inmates in the unit are allowed to have group prayers once a week. Lindh says that violates his religion's requirement that they pray together daily.
Attorneys for the government say allowing daily group prayers would be a security risk.
Lindh is serving 20 years for supplying services to the now-defunct Taliban government of Afghanistan and carrying explosives for them.


Updated : 2021-03-09 04:04 GMT+08:00