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Guantanamo Translator Case to Proceed

A federal judge found probable cause that a translator at the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay lied to investigators after he was found carrying classified documents. The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Swartwood allows the case against Ahmed Fathy Mehalba to move forward to a grand jury for possible indictment. Mehalba, 31, was arrested last month as he arrived at Logan International Airport after visiting his native Egypt. The judge found late Thursday that Mehalba knowingly made a false statement to U.S. Customs officials and FBI agents when they asked him if he had any classified information on compact discs in his luggage. He denied it repeatedly and was charged with making a false statement. A review of one compact disc found 368 documents labelled “SECRET” or “SECRET/NO FORN,” and officials later determined they were classified. Full Story

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