Pentagon: Khalid Sheik Mohammed to face a death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

by Colonel on April 4, 2012


“A senior Pentagon official on Wednesday authorized a new trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a step that restarts the most momentous terrorism case likely to be held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The suspects were first charged in a military commission in 2008, but the case was suspended when the Obama administration came into office and later moved to have them tried in federal court in New York.

That effort collapsed in the face of congressional and local opposition. In April 2011, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that he was reluctantly sending the case back to the military.

Military charges against the five men were re-sworn in June and, on Wednesday, Ret. Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald sent the case for trial after reviewing and approving those charges.” — Peter Finn, Copyright 2012 The Washington Post Company

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