Hearing For Cole Bombing Suspect Continues

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The Guantanamo detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen is asking a military judge to order an MRI of his brain.

The judge for the U.S. Office of Military Commissions scheduled arguments on the motion for Tuesday at a pretrial hearing in Cuba for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri.

His lawyers say the scan will help doctors determine if al-Nashiri’s memory loss could be the result of post-traumatic stress or physical damage caused by harsh treatment in secret CIA prisons.

Prosecutors oppose the motion. They say the choice of diagnostic tools for al-Nashiri’s medical care is beyond the commission’s scope.

The Associated Press is covering the hearing from a video feed at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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