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Release No: 891-08
October 21, 2008

Charges Dismissed Against Five Guantanamo Detainees

            The Defense Department announced today that the Office of Military Commissions Convening Authority, Judge Susan Crawford, has dismissed without prejudice the pending charges against five detainees who had charges sworn by prosecutors -- Noor Uthman Mohammed, Binyam Mohammed, Sufyiam Barhoumi, Ghassan Abdullah al Sharbi, and Jabran Said Bin al Qahtani.
 
            Dismissed without prejudice, means the government can raise the charges again at a later time. The Chief Prosecutor, Army Col Lawrence Morris, recently appointed new trial teams who will review all available material, coordinate with intelligence agencies and recommend appropriate courses of action in each case.