Hearing for USS Cole bombing suspect set for later this month at Guantanamo

Story highlights

  • Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is accused of killing 17 sailors in the USS Cole bombing
  • His arraignment is scheduled for October 26 before a military commission
  • The hearing will take place at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
The arraignment for the USS Cole bombing suspect has been set for later this month in a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is accused of killing 17 Navy sailors, injuring dozens more and crippling the warship in the 2000 bombing in the Aden, Yemen, harbor.
The preliminary hearing will be October 26. The U.S. is seeking the death penalty against al-Nashiri, and no date has been set for the trial, which will take place at Guantanamo with a judge and jury of U.S. military officers
His team of military and civilian lawyers have tried to have the case against him dropped, claiming that delays and mistreatment, including waterboarding and threats to him and his family, make a fair trial impossible.
The hearing is expected to be beamed on closed circuit television to journalists in an auditorium at a military base near Washington, as the Pentagon tries to bring new public acceptance and transparency to the military commission. It's also expected -- but still not announced -- that families of USS Cole victims and survivors will be allowed to view the proceedings from a separate location.