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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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May 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
President Bush said he would like to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but was waiting for a Supreme Court ruling on whether inmates can face military tribunals. "Obviously, the Guantanamo issue is a sensitive issue for people," Bush told ARD German television on Thursday. "I very much would like to end Guantanamo; I very much would like to get people to a court.
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May 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Navy judge has barred a Pentagon legal advisor from participating in the war crimes trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver, saying the advisor lacks independence. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, legal advisor to the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, must be replaced before next month's scheduled trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Capt. Keith J. Allred ruled Friday. Hartmann's office did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
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