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U.S. Asserts Authority Over American in Saudi Jail

A federal district judge ruled Thursday that United States courts had jurisdiction in the case of an American citizen jailed in Saudi Arabia as a terrorism suspect, whose family alleges that he is being kept there and mistreated at the behest of United States law enforcement officials. The ruling by Judge John D. Bates is the latest in a series of court decisions that have rebuffed the Bush administration in its efforts to keep detention policies and actions connected to fighting terrorism beyond the reach of the judiciary. Judge Bates ruled in the case of Ahmed Abu Ali, 23, of Falls Church, Va., who was arrested by Saudi authorities while attending the Islamic University of Medina in Saudi Arabia in June 2003. The issue in the case was whether the United States government bore some responsibility for him because of credible allegations that American officials had been responsible for his arrest, detention and interrogation. Full Story

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