Rul­ing tossed in ter­ror­ism case

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

A fed­eral ap­peals court threw out the only re­main­ing con­vic­tion against a Guan­tanamo Bay de­tainee who had served as Osama bin Laden’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, set­ting new re­stric­tions on the use of mil­i­tary com­mis­sions to try ter­ror­ism sus­pects.

The U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Dis­trict of Columbia Cir­cuit ruled 2 to 1 that the con­spir­acy case against Ali Hamza Bahlul was legally flawed be­cause con­spir­acy is not a war crime.

Even af­ter Fri­day’s rul­ing, Bahlul will con­tinue to be held at the Guan­tanamo Bay pri­son.

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