Attorney: Hasan Not Allowed To Pray in Arabic

By: KWTX.COM Email
By: KWTX.COM Email

SAN ANTONIO (December 22, 2009)—The Central Texas attorney who represents the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly shooting rampage 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 the two were not speaking English.

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

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

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center that left 12 soldiers and a civilian dead and 29 others injured.

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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