AP reports that tomorrow President will drop charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. al-Nashiri is a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior military judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay is expected to drop charges Friday against a suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing.
The legal move by the Hon. Susan J. Crawford would bring all Guantanamo cases into compliance with President Barack Obama’s executive order to halt court proceedings at the Navy detention center in Cuba.
A senior Obama administration official told The Associated Press that the charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri will be dismissed without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later.
It also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U.S. or released to other nations.
Obama has assured that the charges are only being dropped should the court in which they were brought during the Bush administration be deemed illegitimate. Charges will most likely be brought on al-Nashiri again in the new courts. There will be no leniency shown for this terror suspect. This attention to detail prevented a big foulup that could have set al-Nashiri free. At least one welcome, dare I say it, change.