Suit Claims American Held by Saudis at U.S. Behest The parents of an American student imprisoned in Saudi Arabia file a lawsuit claiming their son is being held at the behest of the U.S. government. Ahmed Abu Ali has been held without charge for more than a year. Human rights groups suggest the case may be one in which custody has been transferred to allow for interrogation methods illegal in the U.S. Hear NPR's Jackie Northam.