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November 25, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Williams is a Times staff writer.
Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's onetime driver and the first of only two terrorism suspects convicted at Guantanamo Bay, is being transferred from the offshore prison to his Yemeni homeland, a government lawyer familiar with the case said Monday. Hamdan, who is about 40, was found guilty of material support for terrorism by a six-member military jury in August.
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November 25, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Williams is a Times staff writer.
Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's onetime driver and the first of only two terrorism suspects convicted at Guantanamo Bay, is being transferred from the offshore prison to his Yemeni homeland, a government lawyer familiar with the case said Monday. Hamdan, who is about 40, was found guilty of material support for terrorism by a six-member military jury in August.
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July 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense lawyers for an alleged Al Qaeda plotter won permission to question witnesses, including the self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind, after a military judge threatened to postpone the trial. The chief prosecutor of the war crimes tribunals said a lawyer for Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, would get access to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other "high-value" detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba. "We've come to the point where the government needs to move," Judge Keith Allred, a Navy captain, told prosecutors, who had warned that security concerns could hamper efforts to arrange for a lawyer to question Mohammed before the trial begins Monday.
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August 10, 2008 | Mike Melia, The Associated Press
Osama bin Laden's driver, who received only a 5 1/2 -year sentence, is not so different from the majority of the 265 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay: a low-level player without a proven record of terrorism. Only a small group of recent arrivals from CIA custody -- including five alleged Sept. 11 plotters -- seem to fit the profile of hard-core militants who threaten America's existence, men so dangerous that a special tribunal was needed to try them. The U.S. military officers who served as jurors in the first trial clearly weren't convinced that Bin Laden's chauffeur was as dangerous as the prosecution contended, acquitting Salim Ahmed Hamdan of charges that he conspired with Al Qaeda and convicting him mainly of driving a car. His startlingly light sentence Thursday makes him eligible for release by January.
NEWS
August 10, 2008 | Mike Melia, The Associated Press
Osama bin Laden's driver, who received only a 5 1/2 -year sentence, is not so different from the majority of the 265 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay: a low-level player without a proven record of terrorism. Only a small group of recent arrivals from CIA custody -- including five alleged Sept. 11 plotters -- seem to fit the profile of hard-core militants who threaten America's existence, men so dangerous that a special tribunal was needed to try them. The U.S. military officers who served as jurors in the first trial clearly weren't convinced that Bin Laden's chauffeur was as dangerous as the prosecution contended, acquitting Salim Ahmed Hamdan of charges that he conspired with Al Qaeda and convicting him mainly of driving a car. His startlingly light sentence Thursday makes him eligible for release by January.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Two U.S. Army Special Forces officers who encountered terrorism suspect Salim Ahmed Hamdan after his November 2001 arrest in Afghanistan testified in secret at his trial Thursday because the events they discussed are classified. Special Forces psychologist Col. Morgan Banks and Lt. Col. Guy John Taylor, a military lawyer assigned to a Special Forces unit in Afghanistan at the time, testified for the defense for more than an hour each.
OPINION
August 7, 2008
The split verdict in the trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver redeems somewhat the military commission system created to deal with alleged enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay. But the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan fell short of the highest traditions of American justice, and even if he files a successful appeal, he would not be set free. Hamdan, a Yemeni captured by Afghan warlords in 2001 and turned over to U.S.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Prosecution and defense lawyers painted broadly conflicting pictures of Salim Ahmed Hamdan on Tuesday, with the government vowing to prove that the former driver for Osama bin Laden remained a trusted aide and confidant through Al Qaeda's most heinous crimes.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2005
A federal judge delayed the military commission trial of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks of Australia, pending a Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the post-Sept. 11 panels created by President Bush. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly halted the case of Hicks, who the military says fought alongside Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime against U.S.
OPINION
August 11, 2008
Re "Mixed verdict at terror tribunal," Aug. 7 Congratulations to The Times on its fine article describing the mixed verdict in the first Guantanamo military tribunal. The officers charged with acting as jurors were given a difficult job of participating in a seriously flawed system -- but their verdict, finding Osama bin Laden's driver guilty of "providing material support to terrorism," remains hard to accept. Essentially, they have found grade-school dropout Salim Ahmed Hamdan guilty of working as a chauffeur.
OPINION
August 7, 2008
The split verdict in the trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver redeems somewhat the military commission system created to deal with alleged enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay. But the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan fell short of the highest traditions of American justice, and even if he files a successful appeal, he would not be set free. Hamdan, a Yemeni captured by Afghan warlords in 2001 and turned over to U.S.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Two U.S. Army Special Forces officers who encountered terrorism suspect Salim Ahmed Hamdan after his November 2001 arrest in Afghanistan testified in secret at his trial Thursday because the events they discussed are classified. Special Forces psychologist Col. Morgan Banks and Lt. Col. Guy John Taylor, a military lawyer assigned to a Special Forces unit in Afghanistan at the time, testified for the defense for more than an hour each.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Prosecution and defense lawyers painted broadly conflicting pictures of Salim Ahmed Hamdan on Tuesday, with the government vowing to prove that the former driver for Osama bin Laden remained a trusted aide and confidant through Al Qaeda's most heinous crimes.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense lawyers for an alleged Al Qaeda plotter won permission to question witnesses, including the self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind, after a military judge threatened to postpone the trial. The chief prosecutor of the war crimes tribunals said a lawyer for Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, would get access to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other "high-value" detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba. "We've come to the point where the government needs to move," Judge Keith Allred, a Navy captain, told prosecutors, who had warned that security concerns could hamper efforts to arrange for a lawyer to question Mohammed before the trial begins Monday.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2008 | From the Washington Post
Lawyers representing Osama bin Laden's former driver asked a federal judge Thursday to halt his fast-approaching military trial so they can continue challenging the legality of the military commission system. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fighting his detention in federal court since 2004. Declared an enemy combatant by a military tribunal, Hamdan is scheduled to go to trial before a military commission on July 21.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge Friday postponed a pretrial military hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a Saudi Arabian accused of being part of an Al Qaeda bomb-making cell. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the Bush administration would not suffer any harm by delaying a few weeks the case against Ghassan Abdullah Al Sharbi until the Supreme Court ruled on the legality of the military commissions created to try suspected terrorists.
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