SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP/WAVY) - The war crimes tribunal of a Saudi accused of attacking the Norfolk-based USS Cole won't be televised.
A military judge has turned down a defense request to allow media outlets to broadcast the upcoming tribunal at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The judge ruled that the public trial requirement is satisfied by allowing the media and public to travel to Guantanamo or to watch proceedings.
Army Col. James Pohls ruling was released Wednesday. It applies to the trial of Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is charged with masterminding the deadly attack on USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. Pohl is also presiding over the trial of five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.