Pre-trial hearing of the mane “mind” The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001handjob Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other defendants resumed in prison this Tuesday guantanamo, in Cuba, after being on hold for more than a year due to the pandemic of COVID-19The Defense Department confirmed.
Relatives of the victims are expected to attend these hearings. These will remain till the next 17 September.
In addition to the self-styled “mastermind” of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, his accomplices Walid bin Atash, Ramzi bin Alshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Al Hausawi are also on trial.
The detainees are accused of being the organizers of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people, and which this week marks the twentieth anniversary.
That day, 19 people hijacked four commercial planes: two of them crashed at the Twin Towers in New York, the other at the Pentagon outside Washington; and another in an area of Pennsylvania.
In addition to the charge of conspiracy, he is charged with murder in violation of the law of war, assault on civilians and terrorism, and, if convicted, could face the death penalty, the method of which to be decided by the Secretary of Defense.
The new appearance coincides with the United States’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan after two decades of war, triggered by the 9/11 attacks and the Taliban’s return to power in the Central Asian country.
President Joe Biden It has indicated that it hopes to close the Guantanamo prison, where several detainees were tortured, although it has not given details about this.
In July, a detainee of Moroccan nationality was transferred to his country of origin. This is the first of its kind since Biden’s visit to the White House in January 2020.
Currently, only 39 are at Guantanamo Prison, out of about 800 inmates who came home after its opening in 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks by then-President George W.