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Court to review overturned conviction

WASHINGTON — 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 the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 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.

The panel said 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 court said the charges of material support for terrorism and conspiracy didn’t meet that standard.

The full seven-judge court Tuesday vacated that ruling and will hear arguments in the case.