Bin Laden’s Former Driver Could Get Life Sentence

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba  — A jury of six military officers at Guantanamo Bay has reached a split verdict in the war crimes trial of a former driver for Osama bin Laden.

The jury cleared Salim Hamdan of some charges, but convicted him of others that could send him to prison for life.

The jury, chosen by the Pentagon, deliberated for about eight hours over three days before convicting Hamdan of supporting terrorism. He was cleared of the conspiracy charge.

Hamdan held his head in his hands and wept at the defense table after a Navy captain presiding over the jury read the sentence.

The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for late Wednesday.

The trial provided the first demonstration of a special tribunal system for prosecuting alleged terrorists.