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Once-accused Muslim chaplain leaving Army

Jan. 7, 2005 at 6:12 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Muslim Army chaplain once suspected of espionage is leaving the U.S. Army at midnight Friday with an honorable discharge, his lawyer said.

Chaplain Capt. James Yee, a graduate of West Point and once a minister to alleged al-Qaida prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, spent nearly three months in isolation in an Army brig. He was arrested on Sept. 10, 2003, on suspicion of espionage.

The Army eventually dropped the charges on the grounds that to pursue the case would compromise national security information.

"The fact that he was imprisoned for a prolonged period for no valid reason remains indefensible," said attorney Eugene Fidell. "He looks forward in due course to expressing his views about his experience."