Lawyer: Gitmo trial in Cole Attack could be moot

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Posted: Oct 24, 2011 5:18 PM
Lawyer: Gitmo trial in Cole Attack could be moot

A military lawyer for a Guantanamo prisoner facing a war crimes trial in the USS Cole attack has raised a new challenge to the Pentagon's tribunals.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Reyes says officials have suggested that prisoners like Abd al-Nashiri will never be released. He says that renders a trial meaningless and that officers who serve as jurors should be told from the start. He says some may choose not to participate.

Reyes raises the issue in a motion released Monday. Al-Nashiri is to be arraigned Nov. 9 at the U.S. base in Cuba on charges that include murder for allegedly plotting the 2000 attack. He could get the death penalty. Prosecutors have not yet responded to the motion.