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Judge upholds anti-terror law

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A petition by Osama bin Laden's driver to challenge his detention in Guantanamo Bay has been dismissed by a federal judge in Washington.

The Washington Post said U.S. District Judge James Robertson upheld President George W. Bush's new anti-terror law, when he dismissed Salim Ahmed Hamdan's claim that the Military Commissions Act removes the lower court's jurisdiction in the matter.

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The newspaper said Robertson is the first to rule on the controversial new law, which authorizes military trials of alleged enemy combatants and removes the right of alleged enemy combatants to try to bring their cases before federal judges.

Robertson said Hamdan has no claim to a constitutional right to habeas corpus.

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