USS Cole bombing case moves into secret session
by Richard Lardner, Associated Press
July 18, 2012 01:35 PM | 597 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) _ A military judge at Guantanamo Bay closed a hearing in the USS Cole bombing case to allow prosecutors and defense attorneys to discuss classified information.

The defendant, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was not present at Wednesday’s secret session. The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, ruled earlier that al-Nashiri could not attend despite objections from his attorneys.

Media organizations, including The Associated Press, had filed a motion urging Pohl not to close the proceedings.

Al-Nashiri is charged with masterminding the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, which killed 17 sailors. Al-Nashiri, 47, has been held at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006 after being held by the CIA in a series of secret prisons. He is considered one of the most senior leaders in al-Qaida.

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