Next step in 9/11 terrorism trial set for May 5
The World Trade Center in New York City burns on September 11, 2001. The alleged mastermind of the attacks will be arraigned next month. CNN Photo
April 10th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Next step in 9/11 terrorism trial set for May 5

Larry Shaughnessy

The chief judge for the Guantanamo Bay military commissions has assigned himself to preside over the trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four other men. Army Col. James Pohl will preside over the arraignment of the five suspected terrorists beginning on May 5.

Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi are accused of 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," a Defense Department statement said. The charges include murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians and civilian objects, hijacking aircraft and terrorism.

If convicted, all five suspects could face the death penalty.

Pohl is already presiding over the trial of Rahim al Nashiri, the only other military commission trial underway at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He's also been involved in the criminal cases stemming from the Abu Ghraib scandal and was the investigating officer in the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing of 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

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  9. Joe Fattal

    I am for the trial. But do we have the right people?.. Does anyone thinks that either one of them are capable of blowing up both world trade center?. I don't think so. It was too sopfisticated. The people that did it are all dead, the people behind it are not even caught yet, the government know who they are but not the 5 suspected terrorist that will be put on trial.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • michaelfury

      "the people behind it are not even caught yet"

      Of course not. And if Col. Pohl, the Pentagon, the FBI or the White House wanted to catch them, they would have followed this money long ago:

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