Judge drops two charges in 9/11 case at Gitmo

Judge drops two charges in 9/11 case at Gitmo
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A military judge on Friday dismissed two relatively minor charges against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who allegedly coordinated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Army Col. James Pohl accepted the defense's argument that the statute of limitations had run out on the charges of destruction of property and attacking civilian objects, both non-capital charges, The Associated Press reported.

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The prisoners still face much more serious charges, such as nearly 3,000 counts of murder, for their alleged roles in helping plan and support the attacks, the AP noted. The men could receive the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutors argued that the statute of limitations doesn't apply to war crimes, but the judge disagreed.

It is not clear if the prosecution will file a repeal for the dropped charges.

One of the five prisoners was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is known as the chief planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.