US appeals court throws out terrorism convictions

A federal appeals court has thrown out the military commission convictions in the terrorism case of Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a move endorsed by the Obama administration because of the court's ruling in a separate case.
The court says in a brief order Friday that it is wiping away al-Bahlul's convictions for providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy and solicitation to commit war crimes.
Earlier this month, the administration told the court that it was necessary to throw out the al-Qaida propagandist's convictions because the court is bound by a ruling last October overturning the conviction of Osama bin Laden's former driver. The driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, served a prison term for material support for terrorism.