Lawyer: Fort Hood Suspect's Prayers Prohibited

Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 11:45 PM CDT
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Lawyer: Fort Hood Suspect's Prayers Prohibited

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The 2007 picture provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences shows Nidal Malik Hasan when he entered the program for his Disaster and Military Psychiatry Fellowship.

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A defense attorney for the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly shooting at Fort Hood says the Army has prohibited his client from praying in Arabic with his family.

Attorney John P. Galligan said police stopped a phone conversation between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and one of his brothers Friday because it was not in English.

Galligan told the San Antonio Express-News on Monday that police at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio refused to let Hasan pray in Arabic from the Quran with his brother.

The attorney says he thinks that's illegal and violation of religious rights.

Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack.

The military has imposed restrictions requiring all communication during visits be in English or be delayed until an interpreter is present.
 

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