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Court issues partial win to bin Laden assistant

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has set aside two of three convictions against a former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the ruling Monday in the case of Ali Hamza al Bahlul, who produced propaganda videos for al-Qaida and assisted with preparations for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A military commission had convicted him of conspiracy to commit war crimes, providing material support for terrorism and soliciting others to commit war crimes. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The appeals court rejected Bahlul's challenge to his conspiracy conviction, but overturned his material support and solicitation convictions.

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