U.S. top court leaves Guantanamo detainee's conviction intact

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Posted: Oct 10, 2017 9:46 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place the last remaining conviction of a Yemeni man who was put on trial before a special military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba for his role as an al Qaeda publicist.

The justices declined to hear Ali Hamza al Bahlul's appeal of a lower court's ruling rejecting his claim that the military commission set up to deal with war crimes that convicted him in 2008 lacked the authority to prosecute him for the crime of conspiracy. Under international law, conspiracy is not considered a war crime, his lawyers had argued.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)