Federal court cancels al Qaida filmmaker’s Guantánamo conviction


Carol Rosenberg
miamiherald.com
January 25, 2013

A federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday canceled the war crimes conviction of an al Qaida video-maker, Guantánamo’s lone convict serving a life sentence.

Now the Obama administration must decide whether to try to save Ali Hamza al Bahlul’s conspiracy conviction at the U.S. Supreme Court, or whether to put him on military trial at Guantánamo again.

The single-page order by a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, which “hereby vacated” Bahlul’s military commissions conviction, means government lawyers get at least 90 days to file an appeal.

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