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US man wins Aruba appeal in missing tourist case


ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Prosecutors in Aruba say they're disappointed that an appeals court has upheld the release from jail of Gary Giordano.

The Maryland businessman had already left Aruba and returned to the United States today when the three-judge panel ruled that prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to keep holding him as a suspect in the disappearance and presumed death of his traveling companion, Robyn Gardner.

Prosecutors say they still consider him a suspect, and will continue to pursue the case with the help of the FBI. They had said earlier that if the court ruled in their favor, they would try to get Giordano returned from the United States.

But now, according to Giordano's defense lawyer, prosecutors can only try to bring him back and detain him if they can charge him and move toward trial.

The defense lawyer is predicting that the case will go no further, saying, "there is no evidence whatsoever" against Giordano.

Giordano first drew suspicion with what investigators said were inconsistencies in his account of Gardner's disappearance in August during what he said was a snorkeling trip. Later, they learned that he had taken out a $1.5 million accidental death policy on her.

After arriving today in Miami, Giordano boarded a flight for New York.

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