Pentagon prosecutors do not intend to seek the death penalty at the proposed war crimes trial of the alleged architect of the Bali bombing in Indonesia, the chief defense counsel for military commissions said Wednesday.
Prosecutors swore out charges against Riduan Isomuddin, 53, on June 20, accusing the man known as Hambali of two 2002-03 terrorist bombings in southeast Asia that killed more than 200 people.
It is the first known new case of the Trump administration and although the charges were sworn out more than a week ago, the Pentagon has yet to acknowledge the case or post it on the Pentagon’s Military Commissions website proclaiming “Fairness * Transparency * Justice.”
But Wednesday, Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker said that he was notified by email the evening before that Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins would not seek a capital prosecution, meaning Baker would not need to hire a criminal defense attorney learned in the practice of capital punishment for…
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