Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be tried in New York
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four other Guantanamo detainees accused in the conspiracy will be tried in a civilian federal court in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday.
Mohammed, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi will all be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York – just blocks from the site of the former World Trade Center.
The decision marks a landmark in the administration’s efforts to close down Guantanamo Bay’s terror suspect detention center, something that President Barack Obama announced shortly after taking office that he would do within a year.
However, the assessment is quite controversial due to the fact that many are skeptical about whether or not the cases will endure any setback that would prevent appropriate penalties for the five suspects.
VIDEO: Attorney General Holder announces trials for terror detainees