Trial of Bin Laden driver cleared by federal judge
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the trial of Osama bin Laden's alleged former body guard and driver can proceed after rejecting his request for a postponement, the dpa reported.
The trial of Yemeni Salim Ahmed Hamdan is set to begin Monday, the first since the controversial military commissions set up at Guantanamo seven years ago.
Judge James Robertson of the US District Court in Washington rejected arguments from Hamdan's lawyers for an injunction so he could challenge the constitutionality of the proceedings in federal court.
Robertson's decision was a victory for the Bush administration, which is eager to move forward with the trials. Hamdan is charged with conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.