Alleged 9/11 Mastermind To Be Tried At Guantanamo


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce Monday that the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried by a military commission at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo, Cuba, instead of in a U.S. federal court.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama’s concern is that the perpetrators of the attacks be brought to justice.

The Obama administration had sought to try some terror suspects in federal courts, a move that prompted fierce opposition from some members of Congress.

The president in March approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at Guantanamo after a two-year freeze.

The trials of Guantanamo detainees were suspended shortly after President Obama took office, when he ordered a review of detainee policy. Mr. Obama has consistently maintained that he wants to close the detention center.

Also Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from two Yemenis and a Kuwaiti man who are protesting their indefinite detention at Guantanamo. The court did not rule on a separate appeal from a group of ethnic Uigher Chinese Muslims who have been cleared for release, but had turned down an offer to be resettled in Palau.


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