Guantanamo defense wants records from drone strike in Yemen

October 24, 2012 19:21


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GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Lawyers for a Guantanamo prisoner accused of masterminding the deadly attack on the USS Cole asked on Wednesday for government records about a US drone strike that killed another man identified as the mastermind of the attack.

The request came in a pretrial hearing in the case against Yemeni defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is accused of sending suicide bombers to ram a boat full of explosives into the hull of the USS Cole off Yemen in October 2000, causing a blast that killed 17 US sailors and injured dozens more.

Defense lawyers in the war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval base in eastern Cuba have asked for all US government records about the CIA drone strike that killed Qaed Salim Sinan al Harithi, an alleged al-Qaida leader in northern Yemen, in November 2002.

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