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Federal judge orders al Qaeda suspect to produce evidence in Saudi torture claim

[JURIST] Attorneys for US citizen Ahmed Abu Ali [Wikipedia profile] were ordered Momday to produce expert reports to support his claim that he was abused while in Saudi custody. US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee directed Ali's lawyers to file medical reports to corroborate his claim that he was physically mistreated after his 2003 arrest in Saudi Arabia prior to being charged [indictment, PDF] in the United States earlier this year with providing support and resources to al Qaeda in a plot to assassinate President George W. Bush [JURIST report; FindLaw backgrounder]. Ali has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is attempting to exclude incriminating statements he made to an FBI agent while in custody, arguing the statements were extracted under pressure. Reuters has more.

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