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Salim Hamdan


Salim Hamdan is the former driver of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.

He was captured during the invasion of Afghanistan at a roadblock in November 2001 and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

In the first U.S. war crimes trial since World War Two, Hamdan was convicted of providing personal services to Osama Bin Laden by driving and guarding him by a panel of six U.S. military officers. The conviction occurred in August 2008. He was sentenced 66 months in prison and was given credit for time served at Guantanamo Bay. He returned to Yemen in November 2008 and was set free in January 2009.

Salim Hamdan was the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be convicted of war crimes.

On 16 October 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Coloumbia Circuit has overturned a military commission's conviction of Salim Hamdan on charges of supporting terrorism. The court concluded that the law under which Hamdan was tried did not apply to his crime. Supporting terrorism was not a war crime at the time of Hamdan's alleged conduct between 1996 and 2001. Though he had already being released from U.S. custody, the conviction was not moot.

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