Yemeni man’s war crimes trial is the first to be heard at Gitmo [Archives:2008/1176/Local News]

July 28 2008

Last week, Yemeni national Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who is known to be Osama Bin Laden's former chauffeur, became the first person to be tried by the Unites States for war crimes since World War II.

Hamdan, one of Bin Laden's drivers, is being charged with conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Prosecutors said that Hamdan was with Bin Laden in Afghanistan when the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. were carried out and that he was found with two surface-to-air missiles in his car when he was captured by the invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001. Hamdan's defense team claims that he was not privy to any specific terror-related information and was only a lower-tier legman for Al-Qaeda's leader.

“Without people like Mr. Hamdan