Cole Suspect Lawyer: Gitmo Jury Should Know Execution Method

Image: Investigators in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, investigators in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden, after a powerful explosion ripped a hole in the U.S Navy destroyer, killing at least 17 sailors and injuring some 30 others. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national accused in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship, faces trial in a special tribunal for war-time offenses known as a military commission for allegedly orchestrating the bombing of the USS Cole as well as attacks on two other ships. But his lawyers say that since the U.S. wasn't at war at that time, the 47-year-old shouldn't be tried at Guantanamo. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, file)Dimitri Messinis / AP, file

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The Guantanamo detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen says his trial jury should know how he would be executed if he's sentenced to death. An attorney for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspected al-Quaida bomber, made the argument Tuesday at a pretrial hearing in Cuba. A video feed of the proceeding was shown at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

Defense attorney Richard Kammen asked the military judge to order the secretary of defense to publish the execution protocols it would use. He says jurors should know if al-Nashiri would die by lethal injection, hanging or some other method. Prosecutors disagree: They say any method specified now could change during the lengthy appeals process that would follow al-Nashiri's sentencing, assuming he's convicted.


— The Associated Press