A military tribunal will charge Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-described organiser of the 9/11 attacks will be charged late Tuesday at Guantanamo Bay with four alleged co-conspirators, the Pentagon said.
News agency AFP reported the five defendants will be given fresh charges including: including conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft, and terrorism, according to an e-mail notifying victims’ families.
“The conspiracy charge details 167 overt acts allegedly committed in furtherance of the 9/11 attacks,” the email said.
The formal unveiling of the charges will take place later on Tuesday.
Charges against Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsaw were dropped in 2008 after the Obama administration attempted to have the men tried before federal civilian courts on US soil and were met with political opposition.
After 30 days, the defendants will be arraigned when a judge has been assigned to the case and officers are selected to form the tribunal, AFP reported.
Previous reports say Sheikh Mohammed has admitted being responsible “from A to Z” for the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C. and to the murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed while working in Pakistan. US prosecutors say he has confessed to involvement in more terrorist activities in addition to 9/11.
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