Wednesday, April 20, 2011

DOD Announces Charges Sworn Against Nashiri

After Obama's announcement and executive order earlier this month, the military commissions seem to be finally starting back up.  The Department of Defense announced today that military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al Nashiri of Saudi Arabia. The chief prosecutor has recommended that the charges against Nashiri be referred as capital. The charges allege that Nashiri was in charge of the planning and preparation for the attack on USS Cole in the Port of Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000.  The attack killed 17 sailors, wounded 40 sailors, and severely damaged the ship by blowing a 30-foot by 30-foot hole in her side.  In accordance with the Military Commissions Act of 2009, the sworn charges will be forwarded to the Convening Authority, Bruce MacDonald.  The convening authority will make an independent determination as to whether to refer some, all, or none of the charges for trial by military commission.