MIAMI (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian prisoner accused of plotting the deadly attack on the warship USS Cole in 2000 could be executed if he is convicted in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
The Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo trials formally approved terrorism and murder charges against prisoner Abd al-Rahim al Nashiri, and referred the case for trial by military tribunal as a capital case.
Suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden boat into the Cole off Yemen, blowing a massive hole in its side and killing 17 U.S. sailors. Nashiri is accused of planning and preparing the attack.
Defense lawyers argued unsuccessfully that he should not face execution because the case was tainted by torture. Nashiri was subjected to waterboarding and mock executions while held at secret CIA prisons after his capture in Dubai in 2002. He was sent to the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba in 2006.
Now that the case has been referred for trial, Nashiri is expected to be arraigned at Guantanamo within 30 days.
(Reporting by Jane Sutton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
The War on America Turns 50 | Human Events
- What Is Your U.S. Income Percentile Ranking?
The truth about gun deaths: numbers and actual solutions
Laugh of the week! Wait until you see this EPIC NYT correction [pic]
Russia's real game in Syria | RedState
Concealed Carrying AF Vet Held Back From Stopping Attack By UCC Staff
Dear 'Gun Free Zone' Campus Wizards: Nine Kids Died Because Of Your Stupid Policy