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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will stand trial with four other men at the war crimes tribunal at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from the very beginning in 2021, a military judge said Friday.
Air force Colonel W. Shane Cohen set a date for the start of the Jan. 11, 2021, in an order setting the motion and the evidence and time frames. He did just that, in a case that has been bogged down in pretrial litigation, and pointed out that, in the process, it will be faced with numerous administrative and logistical challenges.”
This Saturday, March 1, 2003 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. (AP photo)
Mohammed and his co-defendants are charged with crimes including terrorism, hostage-taking, and 2,976 murder for their alleged roles planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 plot. They will get the death penalty if convicted in the military commission, which combines elements of both the civil and the military law.
The group have been held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2006, after a number of years, in the illegal CIA detention centres after their arrest.
MEMORIES OF 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS HAS BEEN DEFACED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE DEFENDANT SOUGHT THE
This is a sketch from the Feb. 21, 2009, and reviewed by the U.S. military, shows, from left, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed; Walid bin Attash; Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul-Aziz Ali, known as Ammar al Baluchi, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi at the Military Commissions court.(AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)
According to Cohen ‘ s order, the officers of justice, in the defense of the team with a list of testing materials, Mar. 1. In the meantime, you will have the right to the possession of a series of public hearings with witnesses to determine whether statements of the accused made to the FBI agents in 2006, are to be admitted as evidence in the court of law. The defense team has argued that after the men were captured in Pakistan in 2002, and in 2003, they were tortured by the CIA, and, therefore, the confession should be thrown out.
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In the criminal case, claiming that the prophet (s), a senior Al-Qaeda figure, was the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, in which 19 hijackers took over four commercial airplanes, crashing two of them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, one into the Pentagon and another into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
In February of this year and 2017, in a photo provided by his lawyers, showing Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (Photo courtesy of Derek Poteet, via AP)
The other suspects are Mohammed’s nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, Walid bin Attash and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi, who allegedly helped train the hijackers and the ease of life through the provision of the travel arrangements and finances of the would-be attackers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.