Hamdan Charges Referred

Hamdan Charges Referred

Posted By Greg McNeal On May 10, 2007 @ 3:05 pm In Law Blog, Counterterrorism | No Comments

Charges were referred today against Salim Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver.

[1] From a DoD Press Release:

The Department of Defense announced today that charges were referred to a military commission in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan by the Office of Military Commissions Convening Authority, Susan J. Crawford.

The convening authority referred charges of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism against Hamdan, a non-capital case.

I have summarized the allegations detailed in the [2] charge sheet below:


  •  Hamdan knowing the unlawful purpose of al Qaeda willfully joined with the intent to further the unlawful purpose and in order to accomplish some objective or purpose of the agreement or enterprise knowingly committed the following acts:
    • served as a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden
    • served as a personal driver for Osama Bin Laden
    • transported and delivered weapons, ammunition, or other supplies to al Qaeda
    • drove or accompanied Osama Bin Laden to various al Qaeda training camps, press conferences and lectures
    • received weapons training in Afghanistan
  • Hamdan willfully entered into an agreement with members of al Qaeda to commit Murder in Violation of the Laws of war by transporting SA-7 surface to air missiles to be ultimately used to unlawfully and intentionally kill U.S. and Coalition service members.

Providing Material Support:

  •  Hamdan provided material support, specifically himself as personnel to be used in preparation for or carrying out an act of terrorism.  Toward that end he committed the following acts:
    • received training in al Qaeda training camps
    • served as a driver for Osama Bin Laden
    • served as Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard
    • transported weapons or weapons systems or other supplies to al Qaeda and the Taliban
    • provided weapons and weapons systems, to wit; one or more SA-7 surface to air missiles, to be used in preparation for or carrying out an act of terrorism
    • provided services and transportation that directly facilitated communication and planning for an act of terrorism
    • protected the leader of al Qaeda and facilitated communication and planning used for acts of terrorism

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URLs in this post:
[1] From a DoD Press Release:: http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=10857
[2] charge sheet: http://aidpblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/hamdan_charges.pdf