A federal judge sided with one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers in a bench judgment requiring the Federal Bureau of Prisons to hire a food vendor to provide meals that meet his specific Muslim diet requirements.
R. Brooke Jackson issued a written court ruling Thursday enjoining the United States Bureau of Prisons from discontinuing Ahmad Ajaj's certified halal diet unless no reasonable alternative exists. Jackson also awarded Ajaj's attorneys compensation for their costs in bringing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver and fighting the case for three years.
"As the prevailing party, (Ajaj) is also awarded costs to be taxed by the Clerk of Court," Jackson ruled.
The ruling means BOP must go to extraordinary means to satisfy complaints Ajaj brought in his federal civil lawsuit.