Court tosses bin Laden driver's conviction

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court tossed the conviction of a former Osama bin Laden driver, ruling such "material support for terrorism" was not a crime at the time.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
By United Press International

Osama's ex-driver now a Yemen cabbie

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's former chauffeur says he is back to driving for a living following his return to his native Yemen.

Bin Laden's driver to be sent to Yemen

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's former driver, whose trial tested the Bush administration's military commission system, will be returned to Yemen, the U.S. military said.

U.S. seeks Gitmo resentencing for driver

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Bush administration officials say they are seeking a longer sentence for a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee accused of being Osama bin Laden's driver.

Jury gets Gitmo case

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A six-member military jury Monday received the first terrorist case tried in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bin Laden driver heard 9/11 briefing: FBI

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 23 (UPI) -- A former FBI agent told a U.S. military tribunal in Guantanamo Wednesday a defendant was present when Osama bin Ladin was briefed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Gitmo detainee's military trial begins

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 21 (UPI) -- A military judge Monday excluded records of interrogation by the FBI or others at the trial of Osama bin Laden's driver without explaining why.

U.S. prepares for Gitmo detainee trial

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 20 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials Sunday prepared for the first war-crimes trial for a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee.

Lawyer plans to call detainee witnesses

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. lawyers for terror detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan said Monday they intend to call other detainees to testify at his Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, trial.

Seattle lawyers defend bin Laden's driver

SEATTLE, May 27 (UPI) -- An A-list Seattle law firm with a list of big corporations as clients will represent Osama bin Laden's former driver at his trial this summer, the firm said.

Gitmo witness speaks of Pentagon pressure

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 29 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Defense Department prosecutor testified during a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hearing he felt political pressure to get convictions.

Lawyers: Detainees mental health a barrier

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge is to hear arguments a detainee held at Guantanamo Bay cannot adequately prepare for his defense because of his mental health, lawyers said.

Gitmo judge rules for defense questioning

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 20 (UPI) -- A judge has ruled that lawyers for Osama bin Laden's driver may question other detainees about whether he was a co-conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Supreme Court changes mind on detainees

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court reversed course Friday and agreed to hear the appeals of detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison on Cuba.
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Salim Ahmed Hamdan (Arabic: سالم احمد حمدان‎) (born c. 1970) is a Yemeni man, captured during the invasion of Afghanistan, and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. He admits to being Osama bin Laden's personal driver claiming he needed the $200 monthly salary that came with the job.

He was charged with "conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism" but a judge declared the judicial system in place at the time unconstitutional and those charges were dropped on June 5, 2007. He was then held, without being charged, as an enemy combatant. He was brought up on new charges on July 21, 2008, and found guilty of "providing material support" to al Qaeda, but was cleared of terrorism conspiracy charges. He was sentenced to five-and-a-half years of imprisonment by a military jury, being counted as having already served five years of the sentence at the time. A Pentagon spokesman noted that Hamdan may still be considered an "enemy combatant" upon completing his sentence and detained indefinitely. Despite the threat to detain him indefinitely, the U.S. in November 2008 transferred him to Yemen to serve out the remainder of his sentence. He was released January 8, 2009 to live with his family in Sana.

Hamdan's numerous legal efforts, as one of the first detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be given formal charges, have been a focal point for debate and criticism relating to the questions of indefinite detention in the "War on Terror", the ability of Guantanamo Bay detainees to petition for habeas corpus, the validity of military commissions rather than civil trials for alleged terrorists, and the correct implementation of the Geneva Conventions for terrorist suspects. His case was the instigation for the United States Supreme Court decision Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), and his case has been covered by major U.S. news organizations since 2004.

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