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AFP - Wednesday, October 22WASHINGTON (AFP) - - The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it had dropped conspiracy and terrorism charges against five Guantanamo detainees, including a British resident, but said it could reinstate them "at a later time."
"Far from being a victory for Mr. Mohamed in his long-running struggle for justice, this is more of the same farce that is Guantanamo," said Clive Stafford-Smith, who has represented Mohamed since 2005.
"The military has informed us that they plan to charge him again within a month, after the (November 4) election," said Stafford-Smith, director of the legal charity Reprieve.
Only a single trial has gone to completion in Guantanamo, that of Salim Hamdan of Yemen, a former driver for Osama bin Laden.
Hamdan's trial ended badly for government prosecutors who failed to sway a military jury, raising fresh questions about the legal front in the US "war on terror."
A jury of six military officers in August cleared the Yemeni of the most serious charge of conspiracy and imposed a remarkably light sentence of five and a half years, giving him just five more months of prison time, taking into account time served.
But his fate is uncertain, since the Pentagon said he would continue to be held at Guantanamo Bay as an enemy combatant after he serves out his sentence..."He will serve out the rest of his sentence," Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said at the time.
"At that time he will still be considered an enemy combatant. But he will be eligible for review by an Administrative Review Board," said Whitman