Bin Laden's driver can send notes to detainees

A military judge on Wednesday ruled that Osama bin Laden's driver is permitted to sign a personal plea to alleged senior al Qaeda leaders segregated on this base, despite a U.S. government claim that it would breach national security.

Navy Capt. Keith Allred, the judge, issued the decision in early morning pretrial arguments in the case of Salim Hamdan, 36, who for the first time was absent from his hearing.

A day earlier he declared a boycott of his trial and forbade his lawyers to speak on his behalf as long as he was absent.

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