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PublishDate: Thursday, November 10, 2011 13:42

Al-Qaeda leader on trial for USS Cole attack

The alleged al-Qaeda leader Abd al Rahim al Nashiri has hust appeared in court since he was captured nine years ago.

The alleged mastermind of the deadly 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole warship off Yemen was arraigned in a U.S. military court at Guantanamo UPI reported. .
It was the first time alleged al-Qaeda leader Abd al Rahim al Nashiri has appeared in court since he was captured nine years ago.
The U.S. government is seeking the death penalty against the 46-year-old defendant, a former millionaire from Saudi Arabia who appeared before an Army judge in a white prison camp uniform.
Defense attorneys say the alleged torture Nashiri underwent at the hands of the CIA following his arrest eliminates any "moral authority" the United States has in seeking the death penalty. Prosecutors say no evidence gleaned through torture will be used at the trial.
Nashiri was subjected to interrogations that included mock executions, threats to his family and water boarding, officials said.




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