The Muslim Legal Fund of America learned yesterday that Holy Land Foundation defendants Mohammed Elmezain and Shukri Abubaker are approved to leave the Communications Management Unit (CMU) and enter the general facility population. This means that they will be able to receive contact visits and 300 minutes of phone time per month.
CMUs are controversial prison units in which the prison restricts inmates’ communications with the outside world. Civil liberties and human rights organizations have criticized the use of CMUs as inhumane and have challenged their legality under the U.S. Constitution. The controversial nature of CMUs have earned them nicknames such as “Little Guantanamo” and “Guantanamo North.” The majority of prisoners in CMUs are Muslim. MLFA has joined like-minded group in opposition to CMUs.
The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation’s civil liberties. To learn more about MLFA, visit www.mlfa.org.