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Bin Laden Driver Gets Slap On The Wrist

From an elated Associated Press:

Gitmo jury gives bin Laden driver light sentence

By MIKE MELIA, Associated Press Writer

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A military jury gave Osama bin Laden’s driver a stunningly lenient sentence on Thursday, making him eligible for release in just five months despite the prosecutors’ request for a sentence tough enough to frighten terrorists around the globe.

Salim Hamdan’s sentence of 5 1/2 years, including five years and a month already served at Guantanamo Bay, fell far short of the 30 years to life that prosecutors wanted. It now goes for mandatory review to a Pentagon official who can shorten the sentence but not extend it

Hamdan thanked the jurors for the sentence and repeated his apology for having served bin Laden.

“I would like to apologize one more time to all the members and I would like to thank you for what you have done for me,” Hamdan told the panel of six U.S. military officers, hand-picked by the Pentagon for the first U.S. war crimes trial in a half century.

The military has not said where Hamdan will serve his sentence, but the commander of the detention center, Navy Rear Adm. David Thomas, said last week that convicted prisoners will be held apart from the general detainee population at the isolated U.S. military base in southeast Cuba.

“I hope the day comes that you return to your wife and daughters and your country, and you’re able to be a provider, a father, and a husband in the best sense of all those terms,” the judge told Hamdan.

Hamdan, dressed in a charcoal sports coat and white robe, responded: “God willing.”

Holy Hannah, what a disgrace. — And from a military jury.

Hamdan thanked the jurors for the sentence and repeated his apology for having served bin Laden.

No kidding.

Did he also apologize to the 3,000 people murdered on 9/11 for helping Bin Laden to elude capture?

We are committing suicide as a country, one court case at a time.

(Thanks to Dodgeboy27 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 7th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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