- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says an alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent still poses a danger to the U.S. after being held for five years without charges in a Navy brig.

Prosecutor Michael Mullaney said during a bond hearing in South Carolina Wednesday that Ali al-Marri that shouldn’t be released on bail before the criminal case continues against him in Illinois.

The Qatar native’s attorney, Andy Savage, was going to argue for his client’s release before a federal magistrate later Wednesday.

Al-Marri had been held near Charleston as an enemy combatant.

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.

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