- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The attorney for an alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent is arguing his client should be released on bond before his trial.

Ali al-Marri is set to appear before a federal magistrate in South Carolina Wednesday, a week after his initial court appearance. He was held in a Charleston-area Navy brig as an enemy combatant without charge for more than five years.

Last month, President Barack Obama ordered al-Marri surrendered to civil authorities after he was indicted in Peoria, Ill., on federal charges of providing material support to terror and conspiracy.

His attorney, Andy Savage, is trying to convince U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Carr that his client is neither a danger to the community nor a risk to flee.

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