Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Lawyers for USS Cole Bomb Suspect File Case in Europe
Associated Press reports that lawyers for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected al-Qaida mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, said Tuesday they have filed a case against Poland at Europe's court of human rights over alleged abuse against him at a CIA-run site in that country about eight years ago. They are challenging Poland for "active complicity" in the extraordinary rendition program carried out under then-President George W. Bush. The case was filed with the European Court of Human Rights and seeks in part to press Poland to help block an "imminent risk" that al-Nashiri could face the death penalty. Nashirir was held at a secret CIA site in Poland between December 2002 and June 2003, and is now being held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. military prosecutors re-filed terrorism and murder charges last month under the Military Commissions Act. The lawyers allege that U.S. documents have shown that while in Poland U.S. interrogators subjected al-Nashiri to abuse, including mock executions with a power drill while he stood naked and hooded, and threats "to bring in his mother and sexually abuse her in front of him." The case would also be only the second pending over the policy of extraordinary rendition at the European court. The European Court officials say the only other case involves Khaled el-Masri, a German who was snatched by security forces off a bus in Macedonia in 2003, then carried to a secret prison in Afghanistan. The case against him later revealed he was the wrong person.