Administration opposes suit by man held in Africa

By the Associated Press | July 12, 2011 | 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is reacting skeptically to the Obama administration's request to dismiss a lawsuit by an American citizen who says he was held in Africa for four months where he was allegedly interrogated more than 30 times by U.S. officials.

At a two-hour hearing Tuesday in Washington, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan repeatedly said he was required to accept as true at this early phase of the case the allegations by Amir Mohamed Meshal.

Meshal says that U.S. officials threatened him with torture, forced disappearance and other serious harm unless he confessed to ties with al-Qaida in Somalia.