Accused Fort Hood shooter banned from praying in Arabic

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 18:41

San Antonio: Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who is charged in a deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, has been prohibited from praying in Arabic, his lawyer
has said.

Major Hasan was reading passages from the Koran in Arabic over the telephone with one of his brothers when a military police officer stopped him, said attorney John
Galligan yesterday.

"One of the police officers came in and told him he couldn`t do that," said Galligan, a former US military judge.

"They told him he couldn`t speak in Arabic. Personally, I think that`s a violation of his religious rights."

Hasan, who is paralysed from the chest down and is being held pending trial at the Brooke Army Medical Centre in San Antonio, is allowed to pray in English.

Hasan is being investigated for links to Islamic extremism, including his contacts with a radical cleric who blessed the killing spree.
Officials have said it seemed Hasan was motivated by his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his refusal to fight other Muslims.
He faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 18:41

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