Gitmo jurors disappointed convict could be held

The military jurors who gave Osama bin Laden's driver a light sentence want him freed from Guantanamo once he completes it in December and were frustrated to learn the military can hold him indefinitely, one of the panelists said Wednesday. In an interview with The Associated Press, the juror said the panel of six American military officers did not learn until the trial ended on Thursday that the Pentagon retains the right to hold Salim Hamdan as an "enemy combatant," even after he completes his sentence. "After all the effort that we put in to get somebody a fair trial ... and then to say no matter what we did it didn't matter _ I don't see that as a positive step," the juror said in the telephone interview. The juror cannot be identified because the judge at the first war-crimes trial since the end of World War II declared the panelists' identities must be kept secret. The jury convicted Hamdan of supporting terrorism but acquitted him of conspiracy. His sentence of five and a half years, with credit for some of his time served, means he is eligible for release in December.