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Pentagon to Seek Death Penalty for Guantanamo Detainee Nashiri

Yesterday, April 21, 2011,the Defense Department announced new charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Guantanamo detainee accused of involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in 2000. According to reports, prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty.

Notably, these are the first war crimes charges against a detainee under the Obama administration. Nashiri, a Saudi citizen of Yemeni descent, has been in U.S. custody since 2002, at Guantanamo since 2006, and earlier charged in 2008. According to the Washington Post, prior to his detention at Guantanamo, he was held in a series of black sites overseas, where he was waterboarded and subject to mock executions.

The Miami Herald reports that the 11 charges against Nashiri include “murder in violation of the law of war, treachery, terrorism and conspiring with Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al Zawahiri, among others….The charges also allege that Nashiri planned and prepared an averted al Qaeda attack on another warship — USS The Sullivans — as it refueled in the Port of Aden on Jan. 3, 2000.” According to a transcript of the DoD press release at Lawfare blog, “[i]t is further alleged that Nashiri was in charge of the planning and preparation for an attack on the French civilian oil tanker MV Limburg in the Gulf of Aden on Oct. 6, 2002.”

Pentagon Seeks Death for Accused USS Cole Bomber (Miami Herald)

For a complete list of relevant articles, please review the links below: 
Capital Charges Brought Against Guantanamo Detainee in USS Cole Attack(WaPo)
U.S. Seeks Guantanamo Trial for USS Cole Suspect (AFP)
Saudi Charged in First Guantanamo Military Tribunal Under Obama (LAT)
New Charges in USS Cole Case (WSJ)
Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in USS Cole Bombing (AP via NPR)
Military Commission Charges Sworn Against al Nashiri (Lawfare blog)

 

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