Court to review overturned terror conviction

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By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is taking another look at a three-judge panel's decision to overturn the military commission conviction of an alleged al-Qaida propagandist.

In January, a three-judge panel of threw out the conviction of Ali Hamza al-Bahlul — who was charged with providing material support to terrorism and conspiracy for making propaganda videos for al-Qaida.

That's because a panel in a previous case concluded that before the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, only violations of the international law of war and pre-existing federal offenses were subject to military commission trials. The previous panel said the charges of material support for terrorism didn't meet that standard.

The full seven-judge court Tuesday vacated the al-Bahlul ruling and will hear arguments in the case in September.

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