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World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef

World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Convicted terrorist Ramzi Yousef filed a lawsuit seeking release from solitary confinement in a high-security U.S. prison.

Yousef, 44, has been in solitary for 15 years and said keeping him there indefinitely despite his good behavior amounted to a violation of his due process.

A federal judge is expected to rule soon on whether the lawsuit can go to trial, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday.

Yousef was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured in the blast.

He has been locked up since his conviction at the federal “supermax” prison in Colorado. He is seeking a change in his status that will place him in the general prison population where he can have human contact and more time outside his cell.

Yousef’s U.S. attorney told the Times the stress of years in solitary has already taken a psychological toll on his client. The lawsuit argues Yousef is being kept in solitary because of his conviction, which he cannot change.

But prison officials maintain Yousef remains a security threat and told him his “jihadist” leanings could result in communications that could result in harm to others.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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Posted on February 17, 2013. Filed under Watercooler.
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6 Responses to World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef files lawsuit over solitary

  1. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Suck it Ramzi. What about the rights and lives of the people that you helped kill and injure?

    I’d say let him into the general population and see how long he lasts there. If he does survive, my guess is he would want back in to solitary confinement and would be happy to be there.

  2. LVS Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Yeh-I feel real bad for this P.O.S.

  3. Jon Olson Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    They should throw him in a smaller cell

    • John Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      I agree, put him in a smaller cell, he is in Colorado, give him a small joint every now and then to puff on and tell him to shut up.

    • ML/NJ Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Put his lawyer in there with him.

      • John Reply Report comment

        February 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        good idea, also take out the toilet, put a bucket in their and feed him raw onion sandwiches. It worked with Carnival Cruise lines, (and they didn’t have buckets.)I think we should give both him and his Lawyer a bucket though, it is only the right thing to do.