Military Proceeds With Guantanamo Trial Of Sept. 11 Mastermind

The U.S. Military announced today that it was ready to proceed with the war crimes tribunal of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo prisoners suspected of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attack on the United States.

NPR’s Dina Temple Raston reports this is important because it means that Mohammed must be arraigned within 30 days. This step is basically a military grand jury agreeing that there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

The AP reports that the charges against Mohammed and the four others include terrorism and murder and if convicted, they could face the death penalty.

Reuters adds:

“President Barack Obama halted the previous trial and wanted them prosecuted in civilian court. Congress opposed the move and the administration was forced to shift it back to Guantanamo.”

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