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Indiana prison warden: Muslims can pray in pairs
by Charles Wilson
The warden of a federal prison holding high-risk inmates including American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh insisted Thursday that he was obeying a court order to allow daily group prayer by permitting inmates to pray in pairs within their cells.
Warden John Oliver told a federal judge Thursday that when the prison in Terre Haute, Ind., allowed group prayer earlier this year, Muslim inmates formed gangs and bullied other prisoners.
Lindh attended the hearing in Indianapolis by video conference from the high-security unit that houses he and about 40 other inmates, including several convicted on terror charges. Lindh did not testify, but listened silently with his arms at his sides.
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