A four-day pretrial hearing of a man accused of being a mastermind of the attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole kicked off Monday with the judge ruling against the defense, which says the government has eavesdropped on its confidential conversations.
Army Col. James L. Pohl denied a defense motion to halt a pretrial hearing for Abd Rahim Nashiri, accused of overseeing the bombing in October 2000 of the Cole in Yemen. Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed and 37 wounded in the bombing.
Pohl said he has not seen any evidence the government eavesdropped on private conversations between the prisoner and his lawyers, according to the Associated Press.
After the ruling was announced, the court went into recess to allow lawyers time to consult with their client and determine whether they will continue representing Nashiri, who has been in U.S. custody since 2006.