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January 31, 2007

Florida Physician Who Volunteered To Treat Al-Qaeda Losses Court Round

Common sense prevails in the case of the doctor who prosecutors say vows to treat al-Qaida members. Doctor Rafiq Sabir was arrested at his South Florida home in 2005 and has been behind bars ever since, and it appears that he'll remain there.

Federal prosecutors accuse Sabir of providing medical support to wounded terrorists. He pleaded not guilty, and filed motions to dismiss the indictment, arguing it's unconstitutional to prosecute a doctor for providing medical services.

But in a new ruling, a judge says under federal law, medical care counts as material support to terrorists. And the judge says charges are being brought against Sabir not just for performing those services, but for essentially volunteering "as a medic for the al-Qaida military."

Posted by Richard at January 31, 2007 5:17 PM

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