U.S. Indicts U.S. Citizen Detained Since June 2003 in Saudi Arabia and Denies Torture Accusations

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Friday, April 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On February 3, 2005, a grand jury indictment was returned against Ahmed Omar Abu Ali in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, charging him with providing material support to terrorism in a plot to kill President George W. Bush and establish an al Qaeda cell in the United States. Meanwhile, on February 24, 2005, federal prosecutors denied that the U.S. student was tortured in Saudi Arabia and declared him a "grave danger" to the U.S. An attorney for Abu Ali said in court previously that his client was shipped and handcuffed while he was held in a Saudi prison from June 2003 until early in the week of February 21, 2005. The indictment charges Abu Ali with six counts...[more]