Pentagon Announces Charges In USS Cole Bombing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Saudi Arabian is being charged with
organizing and directing the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
The U.S. military will seek the death penalty.
Seventeen American sailors were killed when the Navy destroyer
was attacked in the Yemeni port of Aden as it refueled.
The victims included three Texans -- Timothy Gauna (gah-OO'-nah)
of Rice, Ronchester Santiago of Kingsville and Gary Swenchonis
(swehn-CHO'-nihs) Junior of Rockport.
Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann today announced charges are
being brought against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.
The Saudi -- of Yemeni descent -- has been held at the military
prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006.
The allegations include conspiracy to violate laws of war,
murder, treachery, terrorism, destruction of property and
intentionally causing serious bodily injury.
The charges still must be approved by a Defense Department
official who oversees military tribunals.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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