After 12 Years, movement in trial of USS Cole Bombing Mastermind

His name is Abd al Rahim al Nashiri and he is being held at Gitmo. He is the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole Bombing that took place on October 12, 2000. There still has not been a trial or finality for the families of the victims.

We got a little closer to both this week, despite a focus on dollars spent by either side. Here’s a tip. If justice would have been issued more swiftly, that wouldn’t be an issue at all, nor should it be.

Via Reuters:

A U.S. military judge ordered prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Thursday to estimate how much money the United States has spent investigating the deadly bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in the past 12 years.

Defense lawyers for the alleged mastermind of the bombing, Saudi prisoner Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, asked for information in the hope of showing that they have been vastly outspent by the government, and suggested this could be a deciding factor in whether the tribunal ultimately sentences Nashiri to die.

“I agree with the defense this is a potentially mitigating factor in a death case,” said the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl. “At the end of the day this type of evidence could very well be relevant to sentencing.”

Nashiri, 47, is an alleged al Qaeda chief accused of directing two suicide bombers to drive an explosives-filled boat into the side of the USS Cole while the warship was refueling off Yemen in 2000. The blast killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured dozens more.

The charges against Nashiri include murder, attempted murder, terrorism and providing material support for terrorism.

His trial, which is set to begin in November but likely to be delayed, would be the first death penalty case to reach trial in the war crimes tribunals at the Guantanamo Bay.

All that aside, remember that this attack was nearly twelve years ago and justice still has not been served, which doesn’t bode well for the trial of Fort Hood Jihadist, Nidal Malik Hasan. Here is a press conference at which Cole bombing victims and family members of victims spoke in the wake of these latest developments.

It is an absolute disgrace that justice has not been served after 12 years. If you don’t think so, check back with us after watching this:

h/t Jawa


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