A federal judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can use a confession by a man charged with joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush
, despite defense claims that the confession was obtained through torture by Saudi security forces.
US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said he would explain his rationale in a forthcoming order.
The ruling came after a six-day hearing in which Ahmed Omar Abu Ali
testified that Saudi interrogators whipped him on his back, kicked him in the stomach and pulled on his beard to obtain a confession.
In the confession, Abu Ali said he joined al-Qaida because he hated the United States
for its support of Israel. He said he discussed numerous potential plots with his al-Qaida cell members, including assassinating Bush, conducting a September 11-style attack using planes hijacked from outside the United States, establishing an al-Qaida cell inside the US and freeing Muslim prisoners held at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.