Source: Associated Press

Suspect in terror-related case claims ‘combatant immunity’

By Michael Tarm

A former Sacramento, California, college student accused of attempting to provide material support to terrorists in Syria has invoked a rarely used argument in asking a federal judge to toss the case on grounds he qualifies for the kind of immunity commonly bestowed on national armies in wartime. Lawyers for the 24-year-old Iraqi refugee, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, argue in a motion filed late Tuesday in Chicago federal court that their client hooked up, not with terrorists, but with the sorts of Syrian rebels the U.S. government itself has backed in hopes of toppling the Bashar al-Assad regime. Read more here.

 

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