Embassy Bomber Wins Right to Sue Federal Govt. Over Prison Restrictions

By Danny Fenster

Khalafan Khamis Mohammed, convicted  of a 1998 terrorist strike on the US Embassy in Tanzania, won the right to sue the federal government over tight restrictions they placed on his letter-writing and visitor privileges, according to the Associated Press.

Mohammed is serving a life sentence at the federal Supermax prison in southern Colorado. In a hand-written filing penned in 2008, Mohammed wrote to the Denver U.S. District Court that the restrictions were “in violation of the First Amendment rights, equal protection rights, cruel and unusual punishment.”

The Tanzanian also claimed he was barred from watching religious programming while other prisoners were free to watch Christian programs. Other complaints–inadequate food, medical care, safety–were denied by the judge. Mohammed was representing himself.

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