US plans to send American ‘Daesh fighter’ to third country

US plans to send American ‘Daesh fighter’ to third country

Washington: The US government intends to hand over to a third country an American citizen captured in Syria allegedly fighting for Daesh, rather than present him to the US justice system, a court filing showed on Tuesday.
In the Trump administration›s first decision on how to deal with citizens caught fighting for a designated terror group, the US military plans to turn over the man, a dual US-Saudi citizen born in the United States and now held in Iraq, to an unnamed country as early as late Thursday.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which has been representing the man, known in court documents only as «John Doe,» said it plans to ask the court to block the transfer, arguing that he has not been charged with a crime and has the right to due process under US laws.
«The Trump administration has been detaining this American citizen unlawfully for more than seven months, and forcibly rendering him to another country would be an unconscionable violation of his constitutional rights,» said ACLU attorney Jonathan Hafetz.
«He should either be charged or freed, not handed over to an unnamed foreign government.»
The notice was made in a sealed two-page filing to the federal district court in Washington DC late on Monday.
A heavily redacted version of the filing was released Tuesday, saying the government had bowed to the court›s requirement that it give a 72-hour notification before it intends to transfer the detainee.
The country he will be transferred to was blacked out in the public document.
The government has earlier said it has two countries he could be sent to; one is widely presumed to be Saudi Arabia, the second could be Iraq.
The man is the only known US citizen held as an alleged enemy combatant from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.
On September 14 the Pentagon confirmed that they were holding him, saying he had been fighting for Daesh and surrendered to the US-led SDF in Syria days earlier.