Trial date set for men charged with plotting 9/11 attacks – Washington Examiner

Five men charged with plotting the 9/11 terror attacks, including alleged mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, will go to trial almost two decades after 2,976 people were killed.

A military judge on Friday set Jan. 11, 2021, as the beginning of a joint death-penalty trial at Guantánamo Bay, according to the New York Times. Selection of a military jury at the Navy Base in Cuba will begin on that date.

A 10-page scheduling order by the Judge, Air Force Col. W. Shane Cohen, outlines deadlines to successfully hold the trial as scheduled, including a list of materials that prosecutors must provide the five men’s defense teams by Oct. 1.

Prosecutors have been trying to get a trial date set for years, but none had been set until now. The group of accused plotters were arraigned in May 2012 at the Navy Base inside a special national security courtroom.

Mohammed, 55, is accused of being “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks,” according to the 9/11 Commission Report. He has reportedly tried to wriggle his way out of facing the death penalty by floating the idea that he testify as part of a lawsuit implicating Saudi Arabia as being complicit in the terror attacks.

In addition to the Sept. 11 attacks, Mohammed is suspected in dozens of other Islamist attacks across the globe. He has confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. He was captured in 2003 and eventually transferred to Guantánamo Bay, where he has been held since.


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