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INTERNATIONAL: Former Guantanamo chief is witness for bin Laden driver.

In a stunning turnaround, the former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay says he will be a defence witness for the driver of terror chief Osama bin Laden.

US Air Force Col Morris Davis, who resigned in October over alleged political interference in the US military tribunals, said he would appear at a hearing for Salim Ahmed Hamdan.

"I expect to be called as a witness ... I'm more than happy to testify," Col Davis said from Washington. He called it "an opportunity to tell the truth".

At the April pre-trial hearing inside the US military base in south-east Cuba, Hamdan's defence team plans to argue that alleged political interference claimed by Davis violates the Military Commissions Act, Hamdan's military lawyer, US Navy Lt Brian Mizer, says.

Col Davis alleges, among other things, that Pentagon general counsel William Haynes said in August 2005 that any acquittals of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo would make the US look bad, calling into question the fairness of the proceedings.

"He said, 'We can't have acquittals, we've got to have convictions'," Col Davis recalled.
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