Saudi accused in Navy attack arraigned at Gitmo

November 9, 2011 - 11:50 AM

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A Saudi accused in an attack on a U.S. Navy ship is appearing before a military judge at Guantanamo Bay after nearly 10 years of confinement.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is being arraigned on charges that include murder in violation of the law of war. It's the first potential death penalty case at Guantanamo under President Barack Obama. Al-Nashiri did not enter a plea at Wednesday's hearing.

The 46-year-old is accused of setting up the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 in Yemen. The attack killed 17 crew members.

Al-Nashiri was captured in 2002 and held in a network of CIA-run prisons before he was sent to Guantanamo in 2006.