Judge drops 2 charges against 9/11 suspects at Gitmo

Because of statutes of limitation, the military judge at Guantanamo, Colonel James Pohl, has dismissed two minor charges against the five prisoners accused of plotting the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, reports the Associated Press.

Defense attorneys argued that the 5-year statute of limitations had expired on the two charges — destruction of property and attacking civilian objects. The prisoner face a number of graver charges, including thousands of  murder charges for those killed in the attacks.

Prosecutors in the case put forth an argument that a statute of limitations does not apply to war crimes. It is not known whether they will appeal.

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