Hamdi to Be Freed by End of the Week

A U.S. citizen held without charges since late 2001 as an enemy combatant is to be sent to Saudi Arabia (search) by Thursday under an agreement to release him that was made public Monday.

Yaser Esam Hamdi (search) must give up his U.S. citizenship and renounce terrorism and violent jihad under the agreement, which includes a number of other restrictions. Hamdi, whose case led to a Supreme Court decision limiting the president's powers to indefinitely hold wartime combatants, will not be charged with crimes.

The four-page agreement was filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, along with a request by Hamdi's lawyer and the federal government to stay any court proceedings in the case until Oct. 1 so the agreement may be carried out.

Hamdi was being held in a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C. Justice Department (search) officials said Monday they did not have immediate information on when Hamdi would be released.

The plan is for the Defense Department to fly Hamdi to Saudi Arabia, where he was raised, on a military plane, officials said.

Hamdi's lawyer, federal public defender Frank Dunham Jr., did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Monday.

Under the agreement, Hamdi must live in Saudi Arabia for five years and not travel outside that country during that time.

The agreement negotiated by Dunham and the Justice Department forbids Hamdi from traveling to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Hamdi also agreed not to travel to the United States for 10 years. After that, he must get permission from the U.S. secretaries for defense and homeland security before initiating travel to the United States.

Hamdi was born in Baton Rouge, La., in 1980 to Saudi parents.