Appeals court throws out military commission convictions

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A federal appeals court has thrown out the military commission convictions in the terrorism case of Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a move endorsed by the Obama administration because of the court's ruling in a separate case.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says in a brief order Friday that it is wiping away Bahlul's convictions for providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy and solicitation to commit war crimes.

Earlier this month, the administration told the court that it was necessary to throw out the al-Qaida propagandist's convictions because the court is bound by a ruling last October overturning the conviction of Osama bin Laden's former driver. The driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, served a prison term for material support for terrorism.