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USA: Court orders release of 'enemy combatant'


A court in the United States has said President George W. Bush cannot order the military to indefinitely imprison a suspected al-Qaeda operative.

The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, ordered that Qatari national Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri be released from military custody.

The judges ruled that Marri could be tried on criminal charges in a civilian court, or be deported. Marri has been in detention as an "enemy combatant" at a Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina since 2003.

The decision is another blow to the Bush administration's "war on terror".

Just last week, charges were dismissed against two terrorism suspects being held at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.,2145,12215_cid_2606281,00.html

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