USS Cole Bombing Suspect To Be Arraigned October 26
By Dialogo October 06, 2011
The main suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will be arraigned in a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay on October 26, the Pentagon said.
Saudi-born Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri allegedly planned and prepared the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen’s port of Aden on October 12, 2000, which killed 17 sailors and wounded 40 more.
The assault by an explosives-laden skiff blew a 30-foot by 30-foot (10m by 10m) hole in the warship.
US military prosecutors also accuse Nashiri of plotting an attempted strike on USS The Sullivans in Aden in January 2000, and of planning an attack on a French civilian oil tanker MV Limburg in the Gulf of Aden in 2002 that killed a Bulgarian crew member and caused 90,000 barrels of oil to spill.
It is the first new case to go to trial at the Guantanamo Bay “war on terror” tribunal since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Nashiri will be arraigned at a newly built court house at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, marking his first public appearance since his 2002 detention.