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Pentagon charges former Bin Laden driver

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 11, 2007


MIAMI - The Pentagon on Thursday charged Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the former bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden, with conspiracy and material support for terrorism, and referred the Yemeni for trial at the U.S. military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was Hamdan's challenge of the U.S. right to detain and prosecute him that brought down President Bush's previous commission process. The charge sheet accuses Hamdan, 37, of conspiring in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, the 2000 attack on the USS Cole and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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