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Salim Hamdan Released by Yemeni Authorities

In case you missed this– Reuters reported:

Yemen freed Osama bin Laden’s former driver last week after he served out his prison term following his return in November from the American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, his lawyer said Sunday.
Salim Hamdan was released on Thursday to live with his family in Sana,” said the lawyer, Khaled al-Ansi. He said Mr. Hamdan had signed a pledge not to commit violent acts.

An Interior Ministry official confirmed the release of Mr. Hamdan.

In the first American war crimes trial since World War II, Mr. Hamdan was convicted in a United States court in August of providing personal services in support of terrorism by driving and guarding Mr. bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda.

He was sentenced to 66 months in prison but given credit for time served at Guántanamo.

Mr. Hamdan, who is about 40, acknowledged he was part of Mr. bin Laden’s motor pool in Afghanistan but said he took the job because he needed the $200 monthly salary and said he did not know or support his employer’s goals.

(H.T.: Neal Sonnett)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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