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Trial boost for Bin Laden's driver
Ex-prosecutor to testify in defence of Guantanamo detainee at military tribunal.
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2008 22:57 GMT
Hamdan is alleged to have delivered weapons to al-Qaeda fighters [AFP]

The former chief prosecutor at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp is to testify in the defence of Osama bin Laden's former driver at his forthcoming trial by a military tribunal.
 
Colonel Morris Davis, who resigned in October over US policy on the trials, is to testify on behalf of Salim Hamdan, a Yemeni accused of delivering weapons to al-Qaeda.
"I expect to be called as a witness...I'm more than happy to testify," AP news agency quoted Davis as saying.
Davis said earlier this week that he had resigned over a conflict with his superiors on whether information extracted through waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique that simulates drowning, could be used at the trials.
 
"My policy as the chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo was that evidence derived through waterboarding was off-limits. That should still be our policy," Davis wrote in the New York Times newspaper.
 
He also alleges that William Haynes, a Pentagon legal adviser, said in August 2005 that any acquittals of suspects at Guantanamo would make the US look bad, calling into question the fairness of the trials.
 
The Pentagon has denied that Haynes made the remark.
 
Political interference
 
Davis, now head of the Air Force judiciary, told AP he believes "there are some very bad men at Guantanamo and some of them deserve the death penalty."
 
But he says civilian political appointees have improperly interfered with the work of military prosecutors.
 
"I think the rules are fair," he said.
 
"I think the problem is having political appointees injected into the system. They are looking for a political outcome, not justice."
 
Hamdan could get a life sentence if the tribunal convicts him of conspiracy and supporting terrorism.
 
His lawyers admit he was a driver for bin Laden, but say he had no significant role in planning or carrying out attacks on the US.
 
The US holds about 275 men at Guantanamo and plans to prosecute about 80 before military tribunals.
 
Earlier this month, the Pentagon charged six detainees with murder and war crimes for the September 11 attacks in 2001 and said they could be executed if convicted.
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