U.S. drops Guantanamo charges per Obama order

MIAMI Thu Feb 5, 2009 9:03pm EST

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MIAMI (Reuters) - The Pentagon official overseeing the U.S. war crimes court at Guantanamo has dropped charges against a Saudi prisoner whose hearing had been set for Monday, a spokesman said on Thursday.

The charges against Abd al Rahim al Nashiri were dropped without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled later, said the spokesman, Navy Commander J.D. Gordon.

President Barack Obama had ordered the proceedings frozen to review pending cases. Nashiri is accused of plotting an attack on the American warship USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000.

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