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Egyptian student cleared of charges in terror probe

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NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian student accused of lying about an aviation radio found in his hotel room across from the World Trade Center had charges dismissed after another hotel guest said the radio was his, officials said.

Abdallah Higazy, the 30-year-old son of an Egyptian diplomat, had been accused of interfering with the investigation into the terrorist attack, which demolished the 110-story twin towers. He had been in custody for a month.

But charges were dismissed on Wednesday after another hotel guest, who is a private pilot, told officials on Monday the radio belonged to him, said Marvin Smilon, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

"The FBI has verified that the aviation radio found in Mr. Higazy's room belongs to this other man," read a two-page document filed Wednesday.