Monday, June 27, 2011

Military Commission Review Court Upholds Hamdan's Sentence

Readers of this blog will likely remember Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamden (Osama Bin Laden's driver), who successfully challenged the United States' use of military commissions before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006.  Hamden was subsequently tried before a reconstituted military commission under the 2006 Military Commissions Act and was sentenced to 66 months imprisonment.  He served that time at Guantanamo Bay and was released to Yemen.  He appealed his conviction and sentence on the ground that providing material support for terrorism is not a crime that is triable by military commission.  On Friday, the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review issued its opinion rejecting Hamden's argument and finding that his conduct did, in fact, violate the laws of war. The decision may be found here.


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