ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A judge has again rejected a request from a northern Virginia man seeking to overturn his life sentence for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush.
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted in 2005. He filed a motion last year arguing that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi shows Saudi Arabia lies about the brutality of its security forces.
Key evidence against Abu Ali came from a confession he gave in Saudi custody.
Abu Ali said the confession was tortured out of him. Saudi agents denied any torture at Abu Ali's trial.
On Thursday, a federal judge in Alexandria rejected Abu Ali's request.