August 7, 2008
Guantanamo Detainee Gets 5 1/2 Years
Convicted terror supporter Salim Ahmed Hamdan Thursday received a 5 1/2 year sentence, far short of the 30 years-to-life sentence prosecutors wanted.
Hamdan's sentence includes the five years and one month he has already served, making him eligible for release in five months, The Miami Herald reported.
Prosecutor John Murphy characterized Hamdan, a Yemenite, as an al-Qaida operative and key player in the international terror infrastructure.
His conviction Wednesday followed a two-week trial during which prosecutors tried to paint him as an integral part of al-Qaida but the defense insisted he was merely a civilian employee and was being made a scapegoat.