Lawsuit Alleging Mistreatment in Prison

September 10, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 10, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf... an Egyptian national who was detained after the Sept. 11 attacks was prevented from practicing his Muslim faith, denied access to a lawyer for two weeks and given repeated body cavity searches while in a federal prison in Louisiana. Prison officials also are accused of ridiculing Omar while he prayed and serving meals that contained pork without telling him, causing him to unwittingly violate his Muslim beliefs. Guards violated his religious freedom by refusing to tell him the time or date, which caused him to pray at improper times and break the traditional Ramadan fast, the suit said. Dan Dunne, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., said the agency would not comment on pending litigation."