Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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Hamdan Transferred from Guantanamo Bay

Osama bin Laden’s former driver and bodyguard has reportedly been transferred from a Guantanamo Bay prison to his native country to finish out his prison sentence. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was the named plaintiff in a 2006 Supreme Court decision addressing the validity of military tribunals, is currently nearing the end of a 66-month prison sentence stemming from the assistance he provided bin Laden, the mastermind of a number of terrorist attacks against U.S. interests. Hamdan may be the first of many such transfers, as President-elect Barack Obama has indicated an intention to close the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay upon assuming the presidency.



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