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Ruling annuls conviction of bin Laden’s chauffeur

DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION:Salim Hamdan, who was held by US authorities for several years in Guantanamo Bay, has continued to fight to clear his name since his release

AFP and AP, WASHINGTON and GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba

Only two of the five defendants made it to court for the second day of the week-long hearing. Mohammed, Saudi defendant Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Pakistani national Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali — Mohammed’s nephew — all stayed away.

Presiding judge Army Colonel James Pohl ruled on Monday that the defendants did not have to attend the hearing every day this week, although he said they would have to attend their formal trial and may need to attend future hearings.

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