This Dec. 2009 file photo released by the U.S. Marshal’s Service shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Milan, Mich.
The infamous “underwear bomber,” serving a life sentence in the Supermax federal prison in Florence, is suing the federal government.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who failed in a Christmas Day 2009 attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, with a bomb sewn into his underwear, is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming his First, Fifth and Eight Amendments rights are being violated.
In the suit field Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Denver, Abdulmutallab also claims rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act are also being violated.
Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian who has been in federal custody since the failed bombing attempt, is serving four terms of life imprisonment plus 50 years. He was convicted in 2012 on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction on a commercial airliner.
The Northwest flight, from Amsterdam to Detroit, had 289 people on board.
In the 73-page court filing, first reported by Denver7, Abdulmutallab complains about being in long-term solitary confinement under Special Administrative Measures.
“The SAMs imposed on Mr. Abdulmutallab prohibit him from having any communication whatsoever with more than 7.5 billion people, the vast majority of people on the planet,” the complaint states.
Abdulmutallab’s SAM’s “severely restrict his ability to practice his religion,” the complaint alleges. Abdulmutallab, a Muslim, is not allowed to “participate in group prayer.”
Supermax does not have an imam on staff or under contract, according to the filing.
Other Muslims in the facility are “harassed” by white supremacists imprisoned at Supermax, the complaints says.
Abdulmutallab seeks judgement declaring the defendant’s actions are in violation of “his constitutional rights” as well as statutory rights under the RFRA.