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Osama bin Laden Driver Hamdan Wins Appeals Court Reversal

A U.S. appeals court threw out the 2008 conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver by a military commission, ruling he was wrongly charged for conduct that at the time wasn’t a crime.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington vacated Salim Hamdan’s conviction by the military tribunal at a U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying that the Military Commissions Act of 2006 didn’t authorize retroactive prosecution of acts that hadn’t been classified as war crimes.