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An alleged bodyguard and driver for Osama Bin Laden is appearing before a controversial court in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Aged about 30, Salim Ahmed Hamdan is being tried for conspiracy and giving material support for terrorism. If found guilty he faces life imprisonment.

The tribunal, was created especially by George Bush in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Since Hamdan was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002
the prison has become the focus of allegations of torture and abuse. Terror suspects are denied rights under the Geneva convention aimed at protecting prisoners of war.

Prosecutors claim Hamdan was close to Bin Laden’s inner circle. The defence says he was merely a driver in Bin Laden’s motor pool.

Hamdan’s lawyers have been pressing to throw out key evidence, including his own confessions, which they say were obtained through coercion.