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Bin Laden Driver Faces New Charges

Posted May 11, 2007 10:51 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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New charges have been filed against a former driver for Osama bin Laden who successfully challenged Guantanamo military commissions before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The government seeks life in prison for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, accusing him of acting as bin Laden’s bodyguard, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

The U.S. Supreme Court had agreed with Hamdan’s argument that the government didn’t have the authority to create the military commissions under the U.S. Code for Military Justice. Congress approved new commissions in 2006.

Hamdan’s lawyer, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, says the law created a new category of war crime, which is now being unfairly used to charge his client.

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