Saturday, May 5, 2012
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The man who called himself the “mastermind” of the Sept. 11 attacks and four comrades are back before a military judge in Guantanamo Bay to face charges that could lead to their execution.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants are being arraigned under heavy security at the U.S. base in Cuba. The five face charges that include terrorism and 2,976 counts of murder each for their alleged roles planning and aiding the Sept. 11 attacks.
Saturday’s hearing is the first time the five have been in court in nearly 3 1/2 years. President Barack Obama put their previous tribunal hold in a failed effort to move the case to civilian court. Mohammed has mocked the tribunal and said in previous court appearances that he welcomed execution.