CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Qatari man declared an enemy combatant following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and imprisoned as an al-Qaida operative has been freed from a US prison and is back in Qatar, his lawyer said on Sunday.
Ali al-Marri, who was convicted in 2009 of providing material support to al-Qaida, was released from federal prison in Colorado in the last few days and is home in Doha, Qatar, Charleston attorney Andy Savage said.
Marri, who is in his mid-40s, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2001 and detained as a material witness to the Sept. 11 attacks. He was charged with credit card fraud and lying to the FBI and held for 18 months before the US government dropped the charges in 2003.
President George W. Bush then declared Marri an "enemy combatant" and he was held in a Navy brig at Charleston, South Carolina, for five-and-a-half years.