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John Walker Lindh Testifies In Federal Prayer Lawsuit

John Walker Lindh says a Terre Haute prison's prohibition of group prayer violates his religious rights.

John Walker Lindh

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John Walker Lindh took the stand in his lawsuit against federal prison officials Monday.

An American-born Taliban fighter appeared Monday in an Indianapolis federal court to argue for the ability to pray with other Muslim inmates.

John Walker Lindh is a prisoner at a federal correctional facility in Terre Haute.  Prisoners there have not been allowed to perform a daily prayer together since 2009.

Prison officials say the restrictions are in place for security reasons.  Lindh says his religious rights are being violated and while on the stand Monday morning, he said the group prayer posed no legitimate security threat.

The prison’s attorney, Will McCloskey, pointed out Muslim prisoners are allowed to perform many religious acts that do not interfere with security – such as using a prayer rug, observing Ramadan and reading Islamic texts.

Lindh was captured in 2001 when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.  He is serving a 20-year sentence for supporting terrorists.  The trial is expected to continue for several days.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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