US dismisses Guantanamo conviction after prisoner sent home

Jan 10, 2015 11:37 AM by News Staff

MIAMI (AP) - A former prisoner at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has won a legal victory a year after he was sent back to his homeland in Sudan.

Noor Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty in February 2011 to providing material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy at a special U.S. court for wartime offenses known as a military commission. He was sentenced to 34 months on top of the nine years he had already spent at Guantanamo. He faced up to life in prison.

But the Pentagon said late Friday that the charges had been dismissed. A brief statement cited rulings by an appeals court that material support is not a legitimate war crime under the law authorizing military commissions.

Noor was sent home in December 2013.

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