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Hamdan Convicted Of Terrorism Support

From his despondent allies at the Associated Press:

Military jury convicts bin Laden’s driver

By MIKE MELIA, Associated Press Writer

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A jury of six military officers at Guantanamo Bay reached a split verdict Wednesday in the war crimes trial of a former driver for Osama bin Laden, clearing him of some charges but convicting him of others that could send him to prison for life.

The Pentagon-selected jury deliberated for about eight hours over three days before convicting Salim Hamdan of supporting terrorism. He was cleared of the conspiracy charge.

Hamdan, who faces a maximum life sentence, held his head in his hands and wept at the defense table after a Navy captain presiding over the jury read the sentence in a hilltop courtroom on this U.S. Navy base…

Defense lawyers had feared a guilty verdict was inevitable, saying the tribunal system’s rules seemed designed to achieve convictions, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, Salim Hamdan’s Pentagon-appointed attorney.

I don’t know if the panel can render fair what has already happened,” Mizer told reporters as the jury deliberated.

Hamdan’s attorneys said the judge allowed evidence that would not have been admitted by any civilian or military U.S. court, and that interrogations at the center of the government’s case were tainted by coercive tactics, including sleep deprivation and solitary confinement

Now, thanks to Mr. Hamdan and the Supreme Court, we will have the endless appeals.

As usual, the Associated Press is already writing the brief.

But at least the AP didn’t call this a “war crimes trial,” like Reuters did.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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