Israel jails, then deports U.S. medic to Jordan (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Associated Press. Tribune staff reporter Laurie Cohen contributed to this report JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 12/05/02)
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JERUSALEM -- Israel detained an American doctor for two weeks on
suspicion he was linked to Al Qaeda, before releasing him and
deporting him to Jordan. The U.S. Embassy said its representatives
were barred from seeing him during the detention and that there was
no evidence linking him to any terror group.
Dr. Khaled Nazem Diab, 34, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in
Syria, according to a sworn statement in a lawsuit in Chicago. Diab
worked as medical relief coordinator for Bridgeview, Ill.-based
Global Relief Foundation for about 18 months until last December,
when the charity´s assets were frozen by the U.S. government because
of suspected links to Al Qaeda.
Diab arrived in Israel Nov. 14 to train Palestinian social workers.
He was deported Nov. 26.
Shortly before the Bridgeview charity´s assets were frozen, Diab was
detained after illegally crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Diab has said that his dealings with the Taliban were humanitarian
and that he had notified U.S. officials in Istanbul in advance.
(Copyright © 2002, Chicago Tribune 12/05/02)
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