A Moroccan prisoner released from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004, was Osama bin Laden’s top bodyguard, the war crimes trial of the terror leader’s driver heard.
Defendant Salim Hamdan said in a 2002 interrogation that his reputed boss, Moroccan, Abdellah Tabarak, was head of the al-Qaida chief’s security detail, said US Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent Michael St Ours.
He was one of five Guantanamo prisoners returned to Morocco in August 2004.
Hamdan, a Yemeni, has been held at Guantanamo since May 2002. He is accused of transporting weapons for al-Qaida and helping bin Laden escape US retribution after the September 11, 2001 attacks by helping him avoid being detected in Afghanistan.