Lawyer for bin Laden driver seeks Guantanamo hearing delay

[JURIST] Lawyers for Osama bin Laden's driver are seeking a delay today in his scheduled pretrial hearing before a US military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who drove the al-Qaida leader, is charged with conspiracy. His military-appointed attorney, Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Swift, has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the military commissions set up by the Defense Department to try suspected terrorists are not legal and have no jurisdiction to try Hamdan. Swift and other defense attorneys have argued that there are many problems with the commissions, including vague rules, no specific appeal process, and no clear rules of evidence; Swift has asked that Hamdan's hearing be delayed until civilian courts rule on the legality of the commissions and their procedures. AP has more.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.