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Verdict split in war-crimes trial

August 7, 2008

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— The conviction of Osama bin Laden's driver by a U.S. military court after a 10-day trial provides an indication of what to expect as dozens more Guantanamo prisoners go to court: shifting charges, secret testimony - and quick verdicts.

Salim Hamdan held his head in his hands and wept Wednesday as the six-member military jury declared the Yemeni guilty of aiding terrorism, which could bring a maximum life sentence. But in a split decision, the jury in America's first war-crimes trial since the aftermath of World War II cleared him of two charges of conspiracy.

Deputy White House spokesman Tony Fratto applauded what he called "a fair trial" and said prosecutors will proceed with other war crimes trials. But defense lawyers said their client's rights were denied by an unfair process, patched together after the Supreme Court rulings that previous tribunal systems violated U.S. and international law.

Under the military commission, Hamdan did not have all the rights normally accorded either by U.S. civilian or military courts. The judge allowed secret testimony and hearsay evidence. Hamdan was not judged by a jury of his peers, and he received no Miranda warning.

The five-man, one-woman jury convicted Hamdan on five counts of supporting terrorism. But he was found not guilty on three other counts alleging he knew that his work would be used for terrorism and that he provided surface-to-air missiles to al-Qaida.

The verdict will be appealed automatically to a special military appeals court in Washington. Hamdan can then appeal to U.S. civilian courts as well.

Comments

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 4 months ago

"... defense lawyers said their client's rights were denied by an unfair process, patched together after the Supreme Court rulings that previous tribunal systems violated U.S. and international law."tribunal: combined form, variant, "tribe" + "urinal"... somebody's gettin' hosed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

US soldiers in Iraq have been engaging in illegal combat, too, screed. Which prison should they be held in, in perpetuity, with no due process rights whatsoever?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

I wonder what the future career prospects for any of the officers on this jury or upcoming juries would be if they were to vote for complete acquittal for any of these inmates.

oldvet 6 years, 4 months ago

"I understand that over half of the prisoners in Gitmo are innocent of any charge"Yeah... they're all good boys who would never have done anything wrong... they must have been framed by the po-lice...

jhawks22 6 years, 4 months ago

US soldiers in Iraq have been engaging in illegal combat, too, screed. Which prison should they be held in, in perpetuity, with no due process rights whatsoever?---------------------------------------------------------------Actually our soldiers don't get that benefit, when they are captured they get their heads cut off and are murdered by any other means. their definition of torture and ours in this country are far different--get a clue you friggin babies-you sound like the new castrati

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

The invasion was illegal, pure and simple.The occupation has since been declared, very cynically, pragmatically, somewhat legal, because who was going to kick BushCo out? Once they went in, all that could be done was to require them to exhibit some level of accountability and responsibility (yes, it was wishful thinking) for destroying the country, and to assume the responsibilities required of an occupying power, even though the invasion was quite clearly illegal.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

"Got a link"http://www.germanlawjournal.com/article.php?id=684Warning-- requires at least a 16th grade reading comprehension, and more than a five-year-old's attention span.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

"Actually our soldiers don't get that benefit, when they are captured they get their heads cut off and are murdered by any other means."Well, you sound like a real man's man. What would you do to the soldiers of an occupying army here in the good ole USA, if we ever get invaded and occupied?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

"And, what? Our soldiers should be shot on the battlefield?"No, what they should be is not there, forced to carry out the war crimes of BushCo.

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