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Bin Laden’s driver convicted, gardener and cook still on the loose

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File photo of Osama Bin Laden with his butler Yasser Ghat Avar Yawish, who is also look for by the U.S. forces for ironing clothes that were used to support terrorism.

File photo of Osama Bin Laden with his butler Yasser Ghat Avar Yawish, who is also looked for by the U.S. forces for ironing clothes that were used to support terrorism.

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, August 7th, 2008 (Reuters).- A U.S. military jury sentenced Osama bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan to 6 months of house arrest and a fine of 3 million afghani (approx. 4.75 dollars), followed by anger management therapy and 1 month of community service, a surprise rebuke to Pentagon prosecutors who portrayed him as a member of the al-Qaida leader’s inner circle worthy of 2 life and 4 death sentences and penalty fees on over 30 speeding tickets.

Still U.S. authorities insist they could give him sub-human status and hold him indefinitely without charge at Guantanamo.

The judge, Navy Capt. Keith Allred, called Hamdan “small game,” and the jury apparently agreed, rejecting the recommendation of prosecutors who said that even giving him only two death sentences would send a message to would-be terrorists.

“I hope the day comes that you return to your wives an concubines and mistresses, and you’re able to be a provider and a husband in the best sense of all those terms,” Allred told Hamdan at the close of the hearing.

The prisoner, dressed in a dish-dash-ah and a shumagg, responded: “Adrusu allughah al arabia mundu shahr,” as he left the courtroom.

This case sets a precedent for next week’s trial of Bin Laden’s cook Bhada Fuhds, who was captured in a McDonald’s in Saudi Arabia, posing as a part time employee.

Bin Laden’s gardener and maid are still at large. The Bush administration has made a case against them arguing that had they not provided Bin Laden with a comfortable surrounding, he would not have had the concentration required to mastermind the 9/11 attacks.

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