Terrorist Yousef Appeal of Prison Restrictions Dismissed

A challenge to prison conditions by Ramzi Yousef, who is serving a life sentence plus 240 years for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was dismissed by a U.S. appeals court in New York.

Yousef, 44, is seeking a lifting of restrictions under which he has been incarcerated since 1998 in the maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Those measures bar him from having physical contact with other inmates and severely limit his communications with anyone outside the prison, his attorney, Bernard V. Kleinman, told the federal appeals panel in New York last month.

The appeals court said today in a summary order that they don’t have jurisdiction over Yousef’s appeal and that it belongs in federal court in Colorado.

Prisoners housed at the Florence prison include Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, an alleged al-Qaeda leader convicted of stabbing a jail guard in New York; Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber; and Terry Nichols, convicted in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

The cases are U.S. v. Yousef, 93-cr-180, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan); and 11-3920, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Manhattan).

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