Tunisian man sues for freedom from US detainment

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Tunisian man who says he has been held without charges by U.S. forces since 2002 has sued the United States government in federal court in Washington.

In court papers filed Wednesday, Redha al-Najar says he was held in secret overseas prisons by American intelligence forces for nearly two years. He then was transferred to a prison on an American air base in Bagram, Afghanistan, where he says he has been held virtually incommunicado without charges.

He wants a U.S. District Court judge in Washington to force the military to release him. He also wants the U.S. government not to send him back to Tunisia, because he says his life would be in immediate jeopardy there.

He was living in Pakistan when he was first detained.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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