INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lawyers for American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh are asking a judge to find the federal Bureau of Prisons in contempt for not allowing Muslim inmates in a high-security Indiana prison unit to pray together five times a day as required by their faith.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed their contempt motion Wednesday in Indianapolis and sent a copy of the request to The Associated Press.
The prisons agency has said inmates of all religions in the Terre Haute federal prison unit have been allowed to pray together three times a day.
But the ACLU argues that's not what a judge ordered in January. The ruling said Lindh sincerely believes Islam mandates praying together five times daily and federal law requires the prison to accommodate his beliefs.
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