Pentagon delays Guantanamo arraignment of USS Cole bombing suspect

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  • Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al Nashiri charged with the murder of 17 U.S. Navy sailors
  • He's also accused in the wounding of dozens more in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen
The Pentagon announced Thursday that is delaying the Military Commission arraignment of the USS Cole bombing suspect for two weeks.
The delay comes two days after the Defense Department originally scheduled the hearing for Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al Nashiri for October 26. It now slides to November 9, apparently because of attorney scheduling problems.
The case, in which the government seeks the death penalty, is seen as a trial run of the new and improved procedures of how the U.S. will try terrorism suspects 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 Yemen.
The arraignment order filed on the new Military Commission Web site announces that the chief military judge, Colonel James Pohl, has appointed himself as the trial judge in the case.