October 3, 1995 in Nation/World

Convicted Sheik Sent To Missouri

Compiled From Wire Services

A day after being convicted of conspiring to wage holy war against the United States, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman was moved Monday from New York to a medical prison in Missouri.

One of his lawyers, Lynne Stewart, complained to U.S. District Judge Michael Mukasey that the blind sheik had been taken “to a peculiarly inaccessible part of the world.” Later, she told reporters her client had been taken “to Middle America, to Noplaceville.”

The sheik, who has diabetes and heart trouble, will be evaluated at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. After examining the sheik, doctors will decide which prison he will be sent to.

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