Federal judge says Bush plot suspect can be examined for signs of torture

[JURIST] US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled Wednesday that Ahmed Abu Ali, the man charged with plotting to assassinate President Bush [JURIST report], can be examined by doctors to determine whether there is any evidence that Abu Ali was tortured while being held in Saudi Arabia. Abu Ali has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to charges [DOJ indictment, PDF] that he conspired to and did provide material support and resources to al Qaeda. Abu Ali has claimed that he was tortured during his detention in Saudi Arabia, and Judge Lee said Wednesday that Abu Ali must inform the court by April 25 if he plans to introduce evidence of torture as part of pre-trial motions or during the trial. Reuters has more.

 

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