Airman Accused of Spying
At Guantanamo Released
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An airman accused of spying while he worked at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba was ordered released from military jail Wednesday.
The judge, Air Force Col. Barbara Brand, said that Senior Airman Ahmad I. Halabi was not a flight risk and that "lesser forms of restraint are available." His civilian attorney, Donald G. Rehkopf Jr., said he will probably be restricted to Travis Air Force Base until his court-martial begins there.
"It feels great," Halabi said as he left the hearing. His military attorney, Maj. James Key, said Halabi would go back to his job as a supply clerk "unless his commander comes up with some bizarre plan."
Halabi, 25, had been jailed since his arrest in July, shortly before he was to leave for Syria, to marry his girlfriend. He faces 17 criminal counts including espionage, lying and misconduct.
The Syrian-born U.S. citizen is accused of attempting to deliver more than 180 e-mail messages to Syria from detainees at Guantanamo Bay, where the U.S. government is holding suspected terrorists. If convicted of spying, the most serious of the charges, Halabi could be sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Won't Reunite
Couple and Daughter
MEMPHIS -- A judge ruled that a Chinese immigrant couple were unfit to raise their 5-year-old daughter, leaving her in the custody of the American foster family who has raised her.
Judge Robert L. Childers terminated the parental rights of Shaoqiang and Qin Luo He, who have tried for four years to get back the daughter they put in foster care because of financial hardships.
The judge said it was in the best interest of Anna Mae to stay with the family of Jerry and Louise Baker, whom she has lived with since she was a month old.
* CHICAGO -- Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka, a Rwandan man wanted on international charges of crimes against humanity stemming from the 1994 Rwanda genocide, was arrested on federal visa fraud charges after a scuffle with immigration agents at his home.
* FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- The military began a hearing Wednesday to determine whether National Guardsman Spc. Ryan G. Anderson should be court-martialed on charges that he tried to assist al Qaeda and join the organization so he could carry out terrorist attacks.
* ALBANY, Ga. -- A high school English teacher resigned after school officials found notes and a racy poem she allegedly wrote to a 17-year-old student. "It pleases me that you want me as much as I want you," read one of the 13 notes attributed to Carla Murray, 32. The notes were found in the male student's locker after other students tipped authorities.
* TALLASSEE, Tenn. -- Alcoa Inc., the world's largest aluminum producer, agreed to preserve 10,000 acres of undeveloped Appalachian land that it controls, clearing the way for the company to renew its license to operate four hydroelectric dams on the Little Tennessee River.
-- From News Services