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Saudi Student Accused of Ties to Sheiks

A judge ruled Wednesday that a Saudi student who prosecutors say has ties to two radical sheiks will remain in custody while he awaits trial on visa fraud charges. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen is accused of making false statements on student visa applications and helping set up Web sites to gather money for terrorism against Americans. He was arrested Feb. 26. At a detention hearing, assistant U.S. attorney Kim Lindquist said telephone taps and e-mails showed the University of Idaho graduate student was in close contact with Saudi sheiks Salman Al-Ouda and Safar Al-hawali. “The doctoral program that is the basis for him staying here is illusory at best, if nonexistent,” Lindquist said. “He has different philosophies. His paradigm is different.” Full Story

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