Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect halted

Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect haltedThe Guantanamo trial of the chief suspect in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen was shut down Friday as defense lawyers refused to return to the case, Pentagon officials said. Military commissions judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath halted the case, which could lead to the death penalty for Abdel Rahim al-Nashiri, in frustration that he could not compel Nashiri’s main lawyers to show up in court. “The USS Cole bombing trial … military judge has abated indefinitely the pre-trial proceedings,” Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Sarah Higgins said.

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