Cole Bombing Suspect Challenges Use of Chains


GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged in the attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole in 2000 is denouncing the way guards treat him at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Defendant Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri told the judge during a pretrial motions hearing that guards use painful belly chains to move him from his cell. He says he will refuse to attend future court sessions if the guards continue to use the chains.

His comments came Wednesday as the judge in his war crimes tribunal questioned him about his decision not to attend a court session a day earlier.

The U.S. military denies that prisoners are mistreated at Guantanamo.

Al-Nashiri faces charges that include terrorism and murder in the Cole attack, which killed 17 sailors.

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