American al-Qaida to be resentenced for Bush plot
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Virginia man convicted of joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush is due back in court for resentencing.
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who grew up in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, was convicted in federal court in 2005. He’s scheduled to be in a Virginia courtroom Monday morning.
He joined al-Qaida after traveling to Saudi Arabia to attend college in 2002. As a member of a terror cell there, he discussed numerous potential attacks, including a plan to assassinate Bush.
Abu Ali argued that the main piece of evidence against him — a videotaped confession to Saudi authorities — was extracted through torture.
Last year an appeals court ordered his resentencing, saying his original 30-year term was too lenient.