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Ethiopia » U.S. drops charges against Binyam Mohammed and 4 others - Ethiopian Review

Ethiopia » U.S. drops charges against Binyam Mohammed and 4 others - Ethiopian Review: "A Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes court dismissed all pending charges against five prisoners on Tuesday, including a British resident accused in a radioactive 'dirty bomb' plot.

The Defense Department gave no reason for the action and said the charges had been dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled later.

But it came after the U.S. government declined to pursue the dirty bomb charges in a Washington court case challenging the detention of Ethiopian-born British resident Binyam Mohammed as an 'enemy combatant.'

Mohammed had said repeatedly that he falsely confessed to the plot while he was tortured in a Moroccan prison.

The Pentagon appointee overseeing the Guantanamo tribunals, Susan Crawford, dropped all charges against Mohammed, Saudi Arabian captives Jabran al Qahtani and Ghassan al Sharbi, Algerian prisoner Sufyian Barhoumi, and Sudane…

Ethiopia » Ethiopia ranks number 142 for press freedom - Ethiopian Review

Ethiopia » Ethiopia ranks number 142 for press freedom - Ethiopian Review
MOSCOW, Oct. 22 — Russia has been ranked 141 out of 173 countries in the 2008 press freedom index published on Wednesday by the international organization Reporters Without Borders.

The report's authors say the Russian media "continues to be subject to violence and harassment." Russia, up from 144th in 2007 and 147th in 2006 but still not back to the 138th spot it occupied in 2005, was ranked between Mexico (140th) and Ethiopia (142nd).