Bin Laden’s driver convicted of war crime

A military tribunal convicted Osama bin Laden’s former driver of a war crime. 

Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemen national who worked for bin Laden until 2001, will be sentenced Wednesday, the same day that the panel of six U.S. military officers made their decision public.

It was the first war crimes trial held at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay and the first conducted by the United States since the end of World War II.

Hamdan was convicted on a charge of providing material support for terrorism but acquitted on a charge of conspiracy. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

Hamdan’s attorney has said he will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the military tribunals do not meet American standards for judicial fairness. Military commissions allow hearsay to be entered as evidence as well as evidence coerced during interrogation.

Both sides referenced the Nuremberg trials during the trial.

 

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