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White House: President 'committed' to bringing 9/11 perpetrators to justice

The accused September 11 mastermind and four suspected co-conspirators will face trial at Guantanamo for their suspected roles in the 2001 terrorist attack.

It has been more than 10 years since 9/11 and the president is committed to ensuring that those who were accused of perpetrating the attacks against the United States be brought to justice."

– Jay Carney, White House spokesman

Who is the suspected September 11 mastermind?

  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in March 2003.
  • He was reportedly waterboarded 183 times while being interrogated by the CIA before his transfer to Guantanamo Bay in 2006.
  • He allegedly claims to have been the man who beheaded the kidnapped US journalist Daniel Pearl.
  • The self-proclaimed head of al Qaeda's military committee has apparently admitted to the following: organising the 9/11 attack, responsibility for Richard Reid, the failed shoe bomber, the bombings of Bali nightclubs and a Kenyan hotel, the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
  • Mohammed reportedly admitted to the following plots: a plot to assassinate former US President Bill Clinton and the late Pope John Paul II, a plot to attack Heathrow, Canary Wharf and Big Ben in London and a plot to hit towers in four major US cities, including the Empire State Building.

Human rights campaigners: Terror suspects should be tried in New York court

The decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators at Guantanamo Bay instead of a court in New York has been criticised by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Obama administration is making a terrible mistake by prosecuting the most important terrorism trials of our time in a second-tier system of justice.

Whatever verdict comes out of the Guantanamo military commissions will be tainted by an unfair process and the politics that wrongly pulled these cases from federal courts, which have safely and successfully handled hundreds of terrorism trials."

– Anthony Romero, The American Civil Liberties Union

Who are the accused 9/11 plotters?

  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - Accused of planning the Sep 11 attacks and training the hijackers. Said in previous court hearing he wanted to plead guilty and would welcome martyrdom.
  • Walid bin Attash - Accused of running an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan where he trained two of the Sep 11 hijackers.
  • Ramzi Binalshibh - One-time roommate of suspected Sep 11 hijack ringleader Mohamed Atta in Hamburg, Germany. Accused of serving as a link between al-Qaeda leaders and the hijackers.
  • Ali Abdul Aziz Ali - Accused of transferring money to US-based operatives and assisting nine hijackers on their way from Pakistan to US.
  • Mustafa Ahmed al Hawsawi - Accused of providing the hijackers with money, Western clothing, travelers' checks and credit cards.

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Suspected September 11 'mastermind' could face death penalty

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could face the death penalty if convicted Credit: REUTERS

Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four suspected co-conspirators will go before a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on charges that could carry the death penalty.

The five are charged with terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war and other counts, and were referred to a capital military tribunal, meaning they could be sentenced to death if convicted, the Pentagon said.