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NEWS: Bin Laden's Driver Held in Gauntanamo

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posted on Feb, 11 2004 @ 08:26 PM
(AP) - Osama bin Laden's $200-a-month driver is being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, but the man had no connection to Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime or the al-Qaida terror network, his defense attorney said Wednesday.
Salim Ahmed Salim Hamdan, 34, left Yemen in 1996 for Afghanistan. He planned to continue on to Tajikistan to join Muslims fighting against former Soviet communists but was forced to take a job to support his family, said his attorney, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift.

"We have the facts going for us," Swift told The Associated Press after speaking to the Miami Herald and the Washington Post. "He has a wife. He has two young children, one of whom he's never seen. The only reason why he took the job as a driver was to support his family."

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[Edited on 2-11-2004 by worldwatcher]

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