US 'transfers' bin Laden's driver

Salim Hamdan's trial at the Guantanamo camp tested the US military tribunal system.

    Hamdan was convicted of supporting terrorism but acquitted of more serious charges [AFP]

    A military commission in August this year convicted Hamdan of supporting terrorism but acquitted him on more serious charges of conspiring with al-Qaeda to wage murderous attacks, in the first US war crimes trial since World War II.

    Personal services

    Hamdan was convicted of providing personal services in support of terrorism, specifically driving, guarding and ferrying weapons for a man he knew to be the leader of al-Qaeda.

    Hamdan was captured in November 2001 at a roadblock in Afghanistan, not long after the US invasion that followed the September 11 attacks.

    Held as a suspected terrorist at the Guantanamo prison camp, he won a supreme court case in June 2006 that struck down the Bush administration's first trial system there and prompted congress to rewrite the rules.

    The Guantanamo trial was the first full test of the military tribunal system authorised by the Bush administration to try foreign captives on terrorism charges outside the regular US court system.

    Hamdan's attorneys said the ruling made clear the detainees are entitled to fundamental constitutional rights.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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