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Monday, March 27, 2006

Terror Suspect May Go Free

A US magistrate has recommended that terror suspect Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan be released. The feds have until April 10 to make their case that Hamdan should remain behind bars.

Hamdan is a Muslim fundraiser suspected of funneling money to terrorist groups. As such, he's not exactly a suicide bomber, but he may well have knowingly aided and abetted groups like Hamas, who field suicide bombers.

Two things are clear: He's overstayed a student visa issued in the 1980s, and immigration officials have been unable to find a country that will accept him, if he's deported.

One thing is not so clear: Why is it taking the feds so long to get their case together? The Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that you can't hold people this long before trial, so the feds had to know this was coming.

The OC Register has more.