Pentagon Charges Six Sept. 11 Suspects With Murder
PENTAGON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will seek the death penalty for six Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The men are being charged with murder and war crimes in connection with the September 11th terror attacks. They include the alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
Among the other five are Mohammed al-Qahtani, the man officials have labeled the 20th hijacker, and Ramzi Binalshibh, who’s accused of being the chief go-between for the hijackers and al-Qaida.
The military plans to recommend the six be tried together before a military tribunal.
Recent revelations that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was subjected to waterboarding during his interrogations are raising questions about his prosecution. Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann says it will be up to a military judge to determine what evidence is allowed.
Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser to the military tribunal, says the charges lay out a long-term sophisticated plan by the al-Qaida organization to attack the United States of America. The attack over six years ago killed nearly 3,000 Americans.