Arraignment for accused 9/11 mastermind underway
May 5th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Arraignment for accused 9/11 mastermind underway

From CNN Producer Larry Shaughnessy in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

The arraignment for accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is underway.

But almost immediately after they began,  the proceedings were bogged down by side issues.

Along with Mohammed, the other defendents are Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi.

The five are charged with terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury and destruction of property in violation of the law of war. The charges allege that the five are "responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in the killing of 2,976 people," the Defense Department said.

Follow updates on the arraignment here.

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