Plea Deal Unlikely Before Gitmo Trial
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Osama Bin Laden’s former driver has entered a plea of not guilty to war-crimes charges in the first trial at Guantanamo Bay.
Jury selection is expected to start later this morning in the trial of Salim Hamdan, a former driver and alleged bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.
Witnesses have been brought to the U.S. Naval base in Cuba and a jury pool of American military officers has been assembled.
Military prosecutors are hoping the trial will showcase a tribunal system that has seen repeated legal setbacks.
Hamdan is accused of helping bin Laden escape retribution following the September 11th attacks. Defense lawyers say he was just a low-level employee. Hamdan could get life in prison if convicted.
The trial is expected to last three to four weeks