Guantanamo hearing to be beamed to US viewing sites

November 9, 2011 04:29


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GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Members of the US public will be allowed to watch a broadcast of Wednesday's arraignment hearing for a Guantanamo prisoner accused of masterminding a deadly attack on a US Navy warship, but only if they can get to an army base in Maryland by Wednesday morning.

The chief judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal signed an order on Monday granting permission for the public to view the closed-circuit broadcast being beamed to the Fort Meade Army base in Maryland.

The order was made public late on Tuesday, giving potential viewers little notice.

Defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri is to be arraigned at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba on death-penalty charges that include murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and terrorism.

The 46-year-old Saudi captive is accused of conspiring with al-Qaida to launch the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Adan.

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