Bin Laden's Former Driver Sent From Guantanamo Bay to Yemen

Associated Press
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former driver for Osama bin Laden was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to his homeland of Yemen to serve the remaining 32 days of his sentence, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Salim Hamdan, the first man to go before a U.S. war crimes trial since the end of World War II, was convicted Aug. 6 of providing material support to terrorism, and the military reserved the option of keeping him locked up indefinitely if it considered him to be a continued threat. Instead, the United States decided to send him home. A Pentagon official said the decision came from the White House.

Hamdan was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. With credit for five years and one month already served, his sentence ends Dec. 27, according to the Pentagon.

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