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Saudi Arabia denies torturing man accused of plotting Bush assassination

[JURIST] The government of Saudi Arabia on Thursday denied accusations [press release] that Saudi officials tortured Ahmed Omar Abu Ali while he was detained by the Saudi government in 2003. Abu Ali, an American citizen arrested in Saudi Arabia, testified in US federal district court [JURIST report] on Wednesday that Saudi officials denied his requests to contact the US embassy and tortured him while he was in custody. Abu Ali has been charged [indictment, PDF] by the US government with joining Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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