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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 08:53 AM
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Charges Dropped Against 9/11 Suspect
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Charges Dropped Against 9/11 Suspect
May 13, 2008
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Pentagon has dropped charges against a Saudi at Guantanamo who was alleged to have been the so-called "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11 attacks, his U.S. military defense lawyer said May 12.

Mohammed al-Qahtani was one of six men charged by the military in February with murder and war crimes for their alleged roles in the 2001 attacks. Authorities say al-Qahtani missed out on taking part in the attacks because he was denied entry to the U.S. by an immigration agent.

But in reviewing the case, the convening authority for military commissions, Susan Crawford, decided to dismiss the charges against al-Qahtani and proceed with the arraignment for the other five, said Army Lt. Col. Bryan Broyles, the Saudi's military lawyer.

Crawford dismissed the charges May 9 without prejudice, meaning they can be filed again later, but the defense only learned about it May 12, Broyles told The Associated Press.

The attorney said he could not comment on the reasons for the dismissal until discussing the case with lawyers for the other five defendants. Officials previously said al-Qahtani had been subjected to a harsh interrogation authorized by former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.


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OregonBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-13-08 09:45 AM
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1. Dismissed because he was tortured and they can't have him testify!!
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