Marri Faces Charges of Aiding Al-Qaeda

Indictment unsealed; transfer of 'combatant' to civilian court begins
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 4:31 PM CST
This image obtained by the ACLU shows 1 of 91 pages of US Fleet Command e-mails and documents that detail decisions about treatment of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, Yaser Esam Hamdi, and Jose Padilla.   (AP Photo/ACLU)
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(Newser) – The charges against Ali al-Marri include conspiracy and material support for terrorism, according to a federal indictment unsealed today. The only alleged enemy combatant held on US soil is incarcerated in a naval brig in South Carolina, where he has been held for over 5 years without being charged, and will now be transferred to the custody of the Justice Department, the Washington Post reports.

"In this administration, we will hold accountable anyone who attempts to do harm to Americans, and we will do so in a manner consistent with our values," Attorney General Eric Holder said.