USA: Ali al-Marri : [Global letter-writing marathon 2006]
Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari national, has been held in US military custody without charge or trial since June 2003. He was initially arrested in December 2001 and charged with fraud and providing false statements to the FBI. Charges against him were dropped when he was declared an "enemy combatant" by President Bush and transferred from the US criminal justice system to military custody. Al-Marri is currently the only person held as an "enemy combatant" on the US mainland.