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Sources: Bin Laden driver leaves Guantanamo

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  • Salim Ahmed Hamdan to serve sentence's final weeks in Yemen, sources say
  • Osama bin Laden's ex-driver was convicted in August of aiding al Qaeda
  • He received a 66-month prison sentence, but got credit for time already served
  • Sentence due to be completed by the end of this year
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(CNN) -- The former driver and bodyguard of Osama bin Laden is being transfered from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to his native Yemen, according to U.S. sources.

Osama bin Laden's ex-driver, Salim Hamdan, will serve the rest of his sentence in Yemen, sources say.

Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for years, is being moved to his homeland to serve the final weeks of his sentence, sources told CNN. The Associated Press reported that he had left Guantanamo Bay, quoting a senior defense official.

Yemeni government sources told CNN they did not expect to receive Hamdan for seven to 10 days.

Hamdan was convicted by a military commission in August of a war crime -- providing material support to al Qaeda -- but was cleared of more serious terrorism conspiracy charges.

He was found guilty of being the terror leader's bodyguard and driver, and of receiving weapons training and transporting and delivering arms. However, the commission rejected charges that Hamdan conspired with others in carrying out al Qaeda attacks, including those of September 11, 2001.

Hamdan received a 66-month prison sentence, which was due to be completed by the end of the year, because he had received credit for time served before being found guilty.


U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche has held talks with Yemeni Minister of Justice Ghazi al-Aghbari to discuss the issue of Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo, the Yemeni Embassy in Washington D.C. said in a statement on Sunday.

In that meeting Seche highlighted U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama's intention to close the prison facility, the statement said.

CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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