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Graham Statement on Hamdan Sentence

August 7, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                  Contact:        Wes Hickman or Kevin Bishop

August 7, 2008                                                  (202) 224-5972 / (864) 250-1417

Graham Statement on Hamdan Sentence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the sentence handed down to Salim Hamdan who was convicted by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“Having been a military lawyer for over 25 years I know how hard military jurors try to render fair and impartial justice.  I respect the military commissions work product in terms of a guilty finding and the sentence handed down by the military jurors.  I hope all Americans will as well.

“Both the verdict and sentence can be reviewed by our federal judiciary.

“It is important to remember Hamdan was Bin Laden’s driver and did provide material support to the architect of 9/11.  It is clear from the evidence he is an enemy combatant. 

“The decision to release an enemy combatant who could return to the battlefield is a decision separate and apart from whether an individual in question committed a war crime.   Any decision to release Hamdan, by the executive or judicial branch of our government, needs to appreciate that this man chose to make a living by being the personal driver and assistant to the most dangerous terrorist in the world.  During a time of war, we do not want to send a message this is an acceptable line of work.”

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