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USS Cole bombing: Defense grills judge as suspect is arraigned in Cuba

• Christian Science Monitor
Suspected Al Qaeda operative Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri appeared before a military judge at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday to face war crimes charges that he masterminded the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

Mr. Nashiri, dressed in a white prison uniform, sat quietly at the defense table beside his lawyers as the judge, US Army Col. James Pohl, advised him of his rights and of the nine crimes he is alleged to have committed.

Judge Pohl then instructed Nashiri to stand. “I now ask you how do you plead?”

Defense Counsel Richard Kammen spoke for his client: “The defense reserves pleas and motions at this time.”

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