US doctors who treat terrorists can be prosecuted

January 31, 2007 00:02


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Doctors who volunteer to treat the wounds of terrorists under a terrorist organization's direction can be prosecuted under US terrorism laws, a judge said Tuesday. Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir is accused of agreeing to treat al-Qaida members, but he has claimed it is unconstitutional to prosecute a doctor for providing medical services. Sabir was arrested in 2005, accused with three others in a plot to assist terrorist organizations from 2003 to 2005. He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a terrorist organization and has remained jailed since his arrest.

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