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Court Vacates Hamdan’s Conviction

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the military commission’s conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the former bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden.

The Court held that under international laws of war at the time of the actions in question, the war crime with which Hamdan was charged, namely material support of terrorism, was not yet defined. According to the Court opinion:

We interpret the Military Commissions Act of 2006 not to authorize retroactive prosecution of crimes that were not prohibited as war crimes triable by military commission under U.S. law at the time the conduct occurred.

You can read the full opinion here.

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One Response to “Court Vacates Hamdan’s Conviction”

  1. […] The decision to review arises directly from the case against Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul, and indirectly from the case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan. […]

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