A trial began Monday in Denver U.S. District Court in which a man serving a 114-year sentence for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings is suing the United States and the Federal Bureau of Prisons for violating his religious freedoms.
In his 2015 civil lawsuit, Ahmad Ajaj also sued three former wardens of the U.S. Penitentiary Maximum Security Prison in Florence (ADX), also known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies, two chaplains and numerous health employees.
The bench trial began with opening statements Monday before Judge R. Brooke Jackson.
Ajaj is one of several terrorists convicted in the Feb. 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing in which six people were killed and more than 1,000 people injured. Ajaj had attended terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia to learn how to construct a bomb.