Hearing for USS Cole bombing suspect set for later this month at Guantanamo
US Military Prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Photo From: AFP/Getty Images
October 4th, 2011
07:13 PM ET

Hearing for USS Cole bombing suspect set for later this month at Guantanamo

By CNN Sr. National Security Producer Charley Keyes

The arraignment for the USS Cole bombing suspect has been set for later this month in a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is accused of killing 17 Navy sailors, injuring dozens more and crippling the warship in the 2000 bombing in the Aden, Yemen, harbor.

The preliminary hearing will be October 26. The U.S. is seeking the death penalty against al-Nashiri, and no date has been set for the trial, which will take place at Guantanamo with a judge and jury of U.S. military officers

His team of military and civilian lawyers have tried to have the case against him dropped, claiming that delays and mistreatment, including waterboarding and threats to him and his family, make a fair trial impossible.

The hearing is expected to be beamed on closed circuit television to journalists in an auditorium at a military base near Washington, as the Pentagon tries to bring new public acceptance and transparency to the military commission. It's also expected - but still not announced - that families of USS Cole victims and survivors will be allowed to view the proceedings from a separate location.

Filed under: Military • Terrorism • Yemen
soundoff (One Response)
  1. Migo

    This happened i October 12, 2000............How is it that this took THIS LONG to get to this stage?

    ELEVEN YEARS????????

    October 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply

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