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9/11 plotters appear in court

  • Five men, including self-proclaimed “mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of plotting the September 11 attacks have appeared before a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo.

    A previous attempt to try the suspects in a civilian court fell through in 2009.

    New rules specify a ban on the use of evidence obtained under torture.

    Defence lawyers however claim the trial procedure lacks legitimacy due to restricted access to their clients.

    The four others being tried are Waleed bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi.

    The five men are accused of planning and executing the 2001 attacks in which hijacked planes struck New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing a total of 2,976 people.

    The defendants face charges including terrorism, hijacking, conspiracy and murder.