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Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

Aug 27th, 2010 Uncategorized

In an article dated today (8/27/2010), entitled Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber, the Washington Post reports that the Obama Administration has shelved the prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the USS Cole attack in Yemen in October 2000.

According to the Post, the Justice Department said in a filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."

One military official indicated in the Post that he thinks the administration does not want to proceed against a detainee without the prospect of civilian trials for other Guantanamo Bay detainees. The White House disputes this, according to the Post

"We are confident that the reformed military commissions are a lawful, fair and effective prosecutorial forum and that the Department of Defense will handle the referrals in an appropriate manner consistent with the interests of justice," said one White House official.

The full text of the article can be found either above, or here

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