Bin Laden aide gets life sentence at Guantanamo trial
A Yemeni man accused of being an aide to Osama bin Laden has been convicted by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and has been sentenced to life in prison, US authorities announced.
A Pentagon spokesman said that Ali Hamza Ahmad al-Bahlul, 39, an alleged aide and media secretary to the al-Qaeda leader, was convicted Friday by a military panel of charges of conspiracy, solicitation to murder and terrorist acts, and providing material support for terrorism.
Commander Jeffrey Gordon of the US Defense Department said it was the second trial of a “war on terror” detainee at Guantanamo Bay under a specially created system of military commissions that has been criticized by civil rights activists and lawyers as lacking full protection of defendants’ rights.
Bahlul boycotted the trial and, on his instructions, his court-appointed military lawyer remained silent throughout the proceedings, said Jamil Dakwar, who observed the trial for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Arab Paper: “Obama‘s Historic Intifada” Allows Islam to Impose It’s Point of View on World”. NO, it’s not an error: it’s OBAMA‘s historic intifada, not OSAMA‘s. Very interesting that islamists consider that Obama is making an intifada… and very worrying.
Osama bin Laden’s driver.