U.S. recommends death penalty in USS Cole attack

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday said military prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for a Saudi man as they reaffirmed charges against the Guantanamo detainee accused in a deadly attack on a U.S. ship in Yemen.

Abd al-Rahim al Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent, is charged with planning and preparing the attack on the warship USS Cole that killed 17 sailors in 2000.

While military prosecutors are recommending the death penalty, the Pentagon said that would have to be approved.

Nashiri was also charged with planning a 2002 attack on a French oil tanker off Yemen that killed one crew member, the Pentagon said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Jane Sutton in Miami; Reporting by Missy Ryan)