Prosecutors plan commission case in Cole bombing

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Posted: Nov 20, 2009 8:37 PM

Military prosecutors said Friday they plan to seek new charges against the alleged mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

The announcement follows Attorney General Eric Holder's decision a week ago to place Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi of Yemeni descent, among 10 high-profile detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who will face justice in the United States.

Five are headed to civilian court in New York, five others, including al-Nashiri, will go before military commissions.

The prosecutors said they are reviewing the other four cases identified by the attorney general as appropriate for trial before a military commission.

Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed aboard the USS Cole on Oct. 12, 2000, when two al-Qaida terrorists set off explosives as they pulled their fishing boat up to the destroyer.