Salim Ahmed Hamdan
First name pronounced Sah-lem
Born 1968 in Khoreiba, Yemen, part of the Hadramouth region, Osama bin Laden's ancestral homeland. Exact birthday unknown.
Moved to capital Sana'a at about age 20.
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Left Yemen in 1996.
According to an affidavit Hamdan submitted about his work history, he was hired by Osama bin Laden as a personal driver in Afghanistan between 1996 and November 2001.
Pentagon alleges he also served as bin Laden's bodyguard, delivered weapons to al Qaeda members, drove bin Laden to al Qaeda training camps and safe havens in Afghanistan, and trained at the al Qaeda-sponsored camp.
Married in 1998 in Yemen and has two daughters, one born after his capture in late November 2001, Afghanistan.
Arrived Guantánamo in mid-2002 after Camp X-Ray was closed and captives were held at Camp Delta overlooking the Caribbean.
Pentagon records say he was 5-foot-6 and weighed 192 pounds when he arrived.
He got his first lawyer on Jan. 30, 2004, a Pentagon-appointed Navy judge advocate named Charles Swift, who had the rank lieutenant commander.
He was first charged on July 9, 2004, but his trial was stopped by a federal judge in Washington on Nov. 8, 2004.
Charges were dropped in June 2006 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Bush administration's war court was unconstitutional, in a sweeping ruling covering all Military Commissions but on a challenge that carried his name, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
New charges were sworn out on May 10, 2007.
A military panel at Guantánamo convicted him of providing material support for terror but acquitted him of the crime of conspiracy in Aug. 6, 2008. The panel sentenced him to serve just five more months, and he was returned to Yemen in December 2008.
His trial judge was Navy Capt. Keith Allred.
His legal team then went on to appeal his conviction at the Pentagon's US Court of Military Commissions Review, and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, which overturned his conviction on Oct. 16, 2012.
His legal team included Swift, who retired from the military and served on a pro-bono basis while teaching at the Emory University School of Law; his uniformed replacement, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, an active-duty judge advocate general; Andrea Prasow, a civilian hired to work at the Pentagon Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions; and civilian pro-bono attorneys Harry Schneider and Joe McMillan, both with Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle.