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Man Held as 'Combatant' Petitions for Release

Lawyers for a Qatari student who was jailed by the military last month asked a federal court today to free him and challenged President Bush’s authority to treat terrorism suspects as “enemy combatants.” Lawyers for the student, Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, argued in an appeal filed in federal court in Illinois that Mr. Bush’s June 23 order declaring Mr. Marri to be an operative for Al Qaeda and an enemy combatant represented an act of “unbridled authority” that was illegal and unconstitutional. Specialists in military law said that the legal challenge, coming just days after the Bush administration announced it was considering the use of military tribunals against six terrorism suspects, could present an important test of the executive branch’s power to imprison suspects outside the reach of the civilian court system. Full Story

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