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.