US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba,  - Osama bin Laden's ex-driver appealed for leniency Thursday, saying he was sorry for innocents killed by Al-Qaeda, a day after he was convicted for supporting terrorism. "It was a sorry or sad thing to see innocent people killed. I don't know what could be given or presented to these innocent people who were killed in the US," Salim Hamdan said at his sentencing hearing. "I personally present my apologies to them if anything what I did have caused them pain," he said, speaking in Arabic through an interpreter. Prosecutors Thursday asked the military jury to sentence the Yemeni national to 30 years to life in prison for his work for bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. Hamdan was found guilty by a special military tribunal on Wednesday on one count of providing material support to terrorism, but was cleared of more serious charges that he conspired and plotted attacks for Al-Qaeda. Hamdan asked the jurors for leniency and pointed to the case of Australian David Hicks. Hicks pleaded guilty in Guantanamo to a similar charge in a plea deal and was given seven years, which was then suspended to nine months for time already served. "And they have sentenced him (Hicks) to nine months and the term of his prison is over within his own country, and he is free with his family right now, with his children," he said. "Again my apologies one more time. Thank you." Wearing a white turban and tan coat as he stood at a table next to his defence lawyers, Hamdan appeared calm as he spoke. He said he had worked for Osama because he needed to support his family but had serious misgivings over time about his employer. "It's true there are work opportunities in Yemen, but not at the level I needed after I got married and not to the level of ambitions that I had," said Hamdan. After the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 in Yemen, Hamdan said he was placed in a difficult position. While in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage, he wanted to quit his job and return to his native country but was told by his brother-in-law that authorities in Yemen were rounding up anyone returning from Afghanistan. "So I was between two fires either here or there. So I decided to go back one more time to my work in Afghanistan," said Hamdan, adding that he had hoped that in time it would be possible to return to Yemen. Once he learned that Osama was responsible for the attacks on the USS Cole in Yemen, he said his view of his employer changed. "Of course, after this, the way I looked to bin Laden changed a lot."