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Judge Blocks Handover of Citizen to Iraq

A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. military not to hand over to the Iraqi government a U.S. citizen suspected of being a senior associate of insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The case of Shawqi Omar is the latest legal fight that tests the limits on the Bush administration’s power to keep Americans it has identified as terrorists out of U.S. courts. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina of Washington granted a request from Omar’s family to keep him in military custody in Iraq while Urbina decides whether the 44-year-old Kuwaiti native should have his case heard in a U.S. court. A temporary order preventing Omar’s transfer had been set to expire Monday. Full Story

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