Swift Recognized for Involvement in First Guantanamo War Crimes Trial
Charles D. Swift was recognized in several recent publications for his involvement as a civil defense attorney to Salim Hamdan, the former driver of Osama bin Laden. On Thursday, Aug. 7, Hamdan was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for supporting terrorism, though he was acquitted of the more serious conspiracy charge. The military judge, Capt. Keith J. Allred, also credited Hamdan for the 61 months he was held in Guantanamo since being charged.
“What ultimately happened, in spite of the system, was justice,” said Swift, who was quoted in The New York Times, the Washington Post and an Associated Press story.
Swift serves as a visiting associate professor at Emory Law and as acting director of the school’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic.