Bin Laden’s Driver to be Shifted to Yemen

November 25, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Osama bin Laden’s former driver is serving his sentence in Guantanamo bay for the past 66 months. He was found to be guilty of providing material support to terrorism in one of the first US military trials since World War II. His sentence ends on 28 December taking into account time already server. He will serve remainder of his sentence in his native Yemen, says Pentagon.

The US has always argued that it can detain such people indefinitely and the Pentagon prosecutors had called for minimum sentence of 30 years and to be retained as an “enemy combatant.” It had also argued that he should not receive credit for his time served in the detention facility. The plea was rejected by a military judge but the Pentagon reserves the right to hold any “enemy combatants’ if they considered dangerous to the United States even if they are acquitted or have served their sentences.

Salim Hamdan was arrested in 2001 in Afghanistan in a road block and was imprisoned in Guantanamo bay in 2002 where nearly 100 or more “war on terror” suspects are being held. The US government has not reached any agreement with the Yemeni government regarding sending more detainees and Yemeni prisoners home. The US officials asserted that it has not received any commitment that would give confidence to the US government that Yemeni government will take appropriate measures to protect civilian population from the detainees once released.

Hamadan had been bin Laden’s former driver and sometime his body guard. He has denied all charges stating that he has been involved in any terrorist activities. His lawyer also emphasized that his client has always cooperated with the US government even during his detention.


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