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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