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Bin Laden Driver’s Conviction Overturned

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 16, 2012 Last Updated: October 17, 2012
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Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan (L) is seated with his legal team inside the courtroom during a U.S. Military Tribunal arraignment June 4, 2007 at Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (Janet Hamlin/AFP/Getty Images)

Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan (L) is seated with his legal team inside the courtroom during a U.S. Military Tribunal arraignment June 4, 2007 at Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (Janet Hamlin/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.S. court overturned the conviction of former terror leader Osama bin Laden’s driver.

Salim Ahmed Hamdan was imprisoned for providing material support to terrorism. A three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw his conviction out after it determined that supporting terrorism was not a war crime when he carried out the alleged activities from 1996 to 2001, according to Reuters.

The law that criminalizes providing material support to terrorism was enacted in 2006, meaning that the court that convicted him charged him retroactively, the appeals court found.

“At the time, the international law of war did not proscribe material support for terrorism as a war crime,” Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

Hamdan, a Yemeni, was captured by American soldiers during the U.S. war in Afghanistan in 2001. He was sent to Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba two months later.

Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd told The Associated Press that the ruling will be reviewed.

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