In the News: Bin Laden Driver Convicted of Supporting al Qaeda

The personal driver and bodyguard of Osama bin Laden was convicted of providing material support to al Qaeda. Salim Hamdan, who has been imprisoned at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2002, was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit terrorism. The defense argued that Hamdan was nothing more than a low-level driver who worked only for wages and knew little about the workings of the al Qaeda network. Prosecutors contended that Hamdan became a member of the terrorist network in 1996 and knew about the Sept. 11 attacks in advance. He was found guilty of receiving weapons training and transporting and delivering arms. Prosecutors recommended a prison sentence of 30 years to life.

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