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Trial for USS Cole mastermind set for September 2014

This November 9, 2011 courtroom sketch shows terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri
This November 9, 2011 courtroom sketch by Janet Hamlin, shows terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was arraigned on charges related to the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. Al-Nashiri faces the death penalty if convicted of charges stemming fr

The trial for a Saudi man accused of masterminding the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 sailors, will begin in September 2014, said a ruling published Tuesday.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri faces the death penalty if convicted of charges stemming from the attack on the Cole and another on the French oil tanker MV Limburg in 2002, which left one person dead.

Both vessels were docked in Yemen when they were attacked.

Military Judge James Pohl set the provisional start date for the trial as September 4, 2014 in a decision posted on the military court's website. The trial will be held at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where Nashiri is detained.

In an attempt to speed up the process, which has been mired in preliminary hearings since November 2011, Pohl set deadlines for several pre-trial phases, including discovery and disclosure of witness lists.

It will be the first capital case tried at Guantanamo.

Since the prison there opened in 2002, only seven inmates have been convicted out of a total of 779 detainees to have passed through.

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