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WASHINGTON (AP) — A full appeals court is wrestling with whether it should overturn the conviction of an alleged al-Qaida propagandist, who argues the acts he was convicted for were not considered crimes at the time he committed them.
Ali Hamza al-Bahlul was convicted for providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy and solicitation to commit war crimes for making propaganda videos for al-Qaida. A three-judge panel of the appeals court threw out the convictions in January. The full court vacated that ruling in April and said it would take another look at the case.
A Justice Department lawyer, Ian Gershengorn, told the judges at a hearing Monday that the initial ruling has led to uncertainty in other Guantanamo cases. But Judge Merrick B. Garland countered that wasn't the court's fault.