The trial of five men accused of participating in the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States It proceeds very slowly in the military commissions of Guantanamo Bay.
Since the announcement of the charges in February 2008, the case has been first dismissed and then admitted again. The first hearing was held on 5 May 2012.
Dozens of cases have been reported since then, all in the pre-trial stage. The case will be reopened this Tuesday, after a 17-month halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic With a new judge in a high-security court at a United States naval base in southeastern Cuba.
The defense tries to show that The evidence presented by the government is tainted by the torture for which the accused were subjected to CIA custody.
five men They face charges of conspiracy, terrorism and attacks that killed 2,976 people, which could mean the death penalty.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Mohammed, nicknamed “KSM”, Known to be the mastermind of 9/11. This 56-year-old Pakistani who grew up in Kuwait is believed to be In 1996 Osama bin Laden was the first to propose crashing planes in the United States.
An American university graduate, he worked for the Qatari government in the early 1990s, cChicken begins to plot with his nephew, Ramzi Yousef, who in 1996 detonated the World Trade Center in New York.
In 1994 they both planned to fly planes bound for the United States from the Philippines.But the first attempt failed: Yusuf was arrested in Pakistan and extradited to the United States.
When bin Laden approved the plan for the 9/11 attacks, Mohammed was in charge. He was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in March 2003 and taken by the CIA to secret locations in Afghanistan and Poland, where He was interrogated and tortured for four weeks.
In September 2006, he was sent to Guantanamo. He didn’t just say that in a closed-door hearing a year later. They are responsible for 9/11 but also other attacks, such as those in Bali and Kenya, and the assassination of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
Ramzi bin Al Shibho
Al Shibh trained with other 9/11 participants in an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in 1999 and became part of the “Hamburg Cell”, which included Mohammad Atta, The leader of the kidnappers and two others are believed to be.
Born 49 years ago in Yemen, Shibho He was unable to obtain a US visa to participate in the kidnapping, but he did participate in coordination between that cell and al Qaeda.
He was caught on September 11, 2002 in Karachi, Pakistan. For the next four years he lived in various secret CIA facilities, where he was tortured.
In 2006 he was transferred to Guantanamo and his lawyers alleged that He is seriously afflicted as a result of the torture and the US government itself declared him psychotic.
Walid bin Atash
Atash, 43, a senior al Qaeda leader, Helped Mohammed plan the 9/11 attacks.
native of Yemen, vHe went to Afghanistan and Tajikistan to face the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and lost part of his right leg in Afghanistan in 1996.
before 9/11 Took US airline flights to Southeast Asia to test safety and potentially hijack and crash one of them.
It may also have acquired the explosives used in the October 2000 suicide attack against the US Navy destroyer USS Cole, which killed 17 people.
Ammar Al Balochi or Ali Abdul Aziz Ali
He is a Pakistani citizen originally from Kuwait and is the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. She would have prepared the kidnappers to navigate Western culture and assisted with itineraries and money transfers for the operation.
Caught in Rawalpindi in April 2003, He was tortured by the CIA, which kept him in custody for 40 months before being transferred to Guantanamo..
their lawyers assure that During interrogation, he was repeatedly thrown against a wall, causing medically proven brain damage.
Mustafa Al Hausawi
Hausawi, 53, from Saudi Arabia Helps with 9/11 preparations and transfers money to kidnappers including Balochi.
He was captured in Rawalpindi in March 2003. The CIA was subjected to brutal interrogations and kept in secret locations until he was sent to Guantanamo in September 2006.
their lawyers say Due to the torture of his brothers, there was damage to the rectum.