Five men accused of plotting the September 11 terrorist attacks, including alleged mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, are being tried almost two decades after the death of 2,976 people.
A military judge stated Friday, January 11, 2021, as the beginning of a joint death penalty in Guantánamo Bay under the New York Times . The selection of a military jury at the Navy Base in Cuba begins at this time.
In a 10-page Planning Order of the Judge, Colonel of the Air Force, W. Shane Cohen, the deadlines for the scheduled successful conduct of the trial are set, including a list of materials that the Procuratorate has given to the five defense teams of men until 1
The prosecution has been trying for years to set a date for a hearing, but so far no one has yet been scheduled. The group of accused conspirators was charged in May 2012 at the Navy Base in a special national security courtroom.
Mohammed, 55, is charged with being the "chief architect of the September 11 attacks", according to the September 11 commission report. He has reportedly attempted to free himself from the death penalty by circulating the idea that he testifies as part of a process involving Saudi Arabia as involved in the terrorist attacks.
In addition to the 9/11 attacks, Muhammad is suspected of dozens of other Islamist attacks around the world. He confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. He was arrested in 2003 and eventually transferred to Guantánamo Bay, where he has been held ever since.