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Hamdan is free
  Written By:  Moneer Al-Omari (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
January 12, 2009



Having served out the rest of his military commission sentence in his homeland, Osama Bin Laden's former driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan has been released.

On November 27, US authorities transferred Hamdan to his homeland to serve out the remaining month of his sentence in a Yemeni prison.

The decision was made after a US court ruled that there was no need to hold him indefinitely as he was not a dangerous combatant.

Hamdan was tried under new military commission standards in August and found guilty of material support for terrorism.

He was the second detainee to face a military commission at Guantanamo Bay and became the second man convicted of terrorism charges at the military base.

He received a 66-month sentence, of which he had already spent 61 months at Guantanamo Bay.

Arriving in Yemen, Hamdan was promptly sent to the Political Security Prison to serve out the remaining month of his sentence. 

Salim Ahmed Hamdan was arrested in 2001 on a battlefield in Afghanistan and was then sent to Guantanamo Bay.