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Supreme Court won't take case of alleged USS Cole mastermind

October 16, 2017 - 6:41 AM

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that the alleged mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors should face a trial by a military commission.

The court on Monday declined to take up the case of Saudi national Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree). Al-Nashiri had sought to challenge the authority of a military commission in Guantanamo Bay hearing his case. But an appeals court ruled last year that al-Nashiri's challenge would have to wait until after his trial.

Al-Nashiri argued that military commissions only have authority over offences that take place during an armed conflict. He said the U.S. was not officially at war with al-Qaida at the time of the attack.

Al-Nashiri's trial date is not yet scheduled.

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