GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Osama Bin Laden's driver went on trial Monday with a not-guilty plea — after his military judge excluded "coercive" interrogations in Afghanistan — before a six-officer military jury. It's the first U.S. war crimes tribunal since World War II.
Salim Hamdan, 37, is accused of providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy for allegedly serving as the al Qaeda founder's driver, sometime bodyguard and weapons courier in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Allies of the Americans captured Hamdan in southern Afghanistan in November 2001, and turned him over to U.S. forces. For the next six months, before he was transferred to this remote base, he was interrogated by a host of different agencies from FBI agents to military intelligence.
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