A trial date has been set for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged architect of the 9/11 assaults on the US.
Mr Mohammad shall be tried, together with 4 different males, at a army courtroom in Guantánamo Bay from 11 January 2021.
The boys are charged with struggle crimes together with terrorism and the homicide of just about 3,000 individuals.
The 5 males would be the first to go on trial, almost 20 years for the reason that devastating assaults in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
If discovered responsible, the group all face the loss of life penalty.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was captured in Pakistan in 2003, and transferred to America’s Guantánamo base in Cuba the place he was later charged.
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However makes an attempt to prosecute him and the remainder of the group have been mired in delays.
Throughout an earlier try and strive him earlier than a army tribunal in 2008, he mentioned he meant to plead responsible and would welcome martyrdom.
In 2009 the Obama administration, which had pledged to shut Guantánamo, tried to maneuver the trial to New York however reversed its determination in 2011 after opposition from Congress.
The 5 males have been ultimately charged in June 2011 with offences much like these they have been accused of by George W Bush’s administration.
The Pentagon has beforehand mentioned Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted he was accountable “from A to Z” for the 9/11 assaults.
US prosecutors allege that he was concerned with a bunch of different terrorist actions.
These embody the 2002 nightclub bombing in Bali, Indonesia; the 1993 World Commerce Middle bombing; the homicide of American journalist Daniel Pearl; and a failed 2001 try and blow up an airliner utilizing a shoe bomb.
Hearings for the forthcoming trial are deliberate for subsequent month.
Attorneys for the group try to bar using confessions the defendants made to the FBI in 2006.
They argue that the confessions are unusable in courtroom due to the tough interrogations carried out throughout their detention.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has alleged that he has been repeatedly tortured throughout his detention in Cuba.
CIA paperwork verify that he was subjected to simulated drowning, referred to as waterboarding, 183 instances.
The 4 different males – Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ammar al-Baluchi and Mustafa al-Hawsawi – have been additionally interrogated by the CIA in a community of abroad prisons, referred to as “black websites,” earlier than they have been handed on to the US army.