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'9/11 plotters' charged

The man accused of being the mastermind behind 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four suspected co-conspirators have been charged by the US. They will go on trial before a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal and could face the death penalty.

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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.

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