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A MILITARY jury has convicted Osama bin Laden’s driver ofsupporting terrorism, in the first trial conducted by an Americanwar crimes tribunal since World War II. However, the suspect’sacquittal on other charges gave defenders and critics of thecontroversial process reason to declare victory. (Sydney Morning Herald — 8 August, 2008)
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WASHINGTON – At his war crimes trial, Salim Hamdan was portrayed byprosecutors as a cunning ‘al-Qaeda warrior’ and ruthless henchmanto Osama bin Laden. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 7 August, 2008)
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Both sides claim victory after Osama’s driver convicted
Both sides claim victory after Osama’s driver convicted

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 4 — A military jury began deliberations Monday in the war crimes trial of Osama bin Laden’s former driver, a case that poses the first test of the Bush administration’s controversial military commission system.

(Washington Post — 5 August, 2008)
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Prosecutors say Osama bin Laden’s driver was an al-Qaeda warrior who knew about terror attacks.

(Washington Post — 5 August, 2008)
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 6 — Osama bin Laden’s former driver was convicted on one charge and acquitted on another Wednesday, handing the Bush administration a partial victory in the first U.S. war crimes trial in a half-century but failing to settle the debate over whether the proceeding was j…

(Washington Post — 7 August, 2008)
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 6 — A military jury on Wednesday found a former driver for Osama bin Laden guilty of supporting terrorism but not of conspiring in terrorist attacks, handing the Bush administration a partial victory in the first U.S. war crimes trial in a half a century. (Washington Post — 8 August, 2008)
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Secret evidence at the trial of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Ladens driver, showed that Mr. Hamdan offered critical details to American forces, a defense lawyer said. (New York Times — 5 August, 2008)
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The military avoided a possible mistrial Tuesday in the first Guantanamo war crimes trial as prosecutors objected to instructions provided to jurors weighing the fate of Osama bin Laden’s former driver. (MSNBC — 6 August, 2008)
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Salim Ahmed Hamdan was convicted of a war crime but acquitted of a conspiracy charge in the first military commission trial at Guantnamo. (New York Times — 7 August, 2008)
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Salim Hamdan, the convicted former driver for Osama bin Laden, apologized to the victims of terror. (New York Times — 8 August, 2008)
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Salim Hamdan has been convicted of aiding terrorism, but acquittedof a more serious conspiracy charge, and now faces a possibility oflife in prison. (Sydney Morning Herald — 7 August, 2008)
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Days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Osama bin Laden left his compound in Kandahar in Afghanistan and headed into the mountains. His driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, traveled with him. As U.S. and Northern Alliance forces stood poised to capture Kandahar a few months later, bin Laden told Hamdan t…

(Washington Post — 17 hours ago)
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A U.S. military judge allowed prosecutors to use a disputed interrogation as evidence at the first Guantanamo war crimes trial, ruling Thursday the defendant was not coerced into saying he swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden. (CNN — 7 August, 2008)
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WASHINGTON – Salim Hamdan will continue to be held at GuantanamoBay, Cuba as an enemy combatant after he serves out a five and halfyear sentence for providing material support for terrorism, aPentagon spokesman said today. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 8 August, 2008)
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