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Judge rejects appeal from man convicted in al-Qaida plot

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 13:38:58-04

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.