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The Trump administration wants to send a U.S. citizen to Saudi Arabia to be prosecuted

The U.S. government is trying to transfer a U.S. citizen captured in Syria and detained in Iraq to Saudi Arabia in a case that challenges America’s post-9/11 war powers and the right suspected terrorists have to due process.

In September 2017, an unnamed U.S. citizen referred to only as “John Doe” surrendered to Syrian militia and was subsequently turned over to the U.S. military. He was identified as an “enemy combatant,” accused of being an Islamic State fighter, and sent to a military prison in Iraq.

For the past seven months, Doe has been detained at a secret prison site in Iraq without charge while the Justice Department struggles to figure out what to do with him. The government doesn’t want to release him, but reportedly hasn’t been able to gather enough admissible evidence of his alleged fighting for the Islamic State to try him in criminal court, according to the New York Times.

The ACLU says the Trump administration is unlawfully holding an American citizen, and that the man should either be formally charged with a crime or released. But the Trump administration disagrees, saying it has reached a diplomatic agreement with another country to take care of it.

In the past, enemy combatants have either been sent to Guantanamo or tried in U.S. courts. But no one has been sent to Guantanamo since 2008, and the FBI reportedly doesn’t have enough evidence to get a conviction in this case. That leaves one more murky option for the U.S. government if they don’t want to release him, which is to find out if another country can prosecute him.

The U.S. government is trying to transfer a U.S. citizen captured in Syria and detained in Iraq to Saudi Arabia in a case that challenges America’s post-9/11 war powers and the right suspected terrorists have to due process.

In September 2017, an unnamed U.S. citizen referred to only as “John Doe” surrendered to Syrian militia and was subsequently turned over to the U.S. military. He was identified as an “enemy combatant,” accused of being an Islamic State fighter, and sent to a military prison in Iraq.

For the past seven months, Doe has been detained at a secret prison site in Iraq without charge while the Justice Department struggles to figure out what to do with him. The government doesn’t want to release him, but reportedly hasn’t been able

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