Pentagon delays arraignment of USS Cole bombing suspect at Guantanamo

Story highlights

  • The arraignment for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri now is set for November 9
  • His case will go before a military commission at the U.N. Navy base at Guantanamo
The Pentagon announced Thursday that it is delaying the military commission arraignment of a suspected USS Cole bomber for two weeks.
The delay comes just two days after the Defense Department scheduled the hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri for October 26. It now slides to November 9, apparently because of scheduling problems of the attorneys.
The case, in which the government is seeking the death penalty, is seen as a trial run of the new, improved procedures of how the United States will put suspected terrorists on trial at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Al-Nashiri is charged with the murder of 17 U.S.Navy sailors and the wounding of dozens more in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in a Yemeni port.
The arraignment order filed on the new military commission website announces that the chief military judge, Col. James Pohl, has appointed himself as the trial judge in the case.