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Trial date set for principal architect of 9/11 Khalid Shaikh Mohammad

Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four others will be tried over their alleged involvement in the 9/11 attack
Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four others will be tried over their alleged involvement in the 9/11 attack (Picture: PA)

A trial date has been set for Khalid Shaikh Mohammad who is the alleged architect of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Mohammed, a senior al-Qaida figure who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the atrocity, will stand trial with four other men on January 11, 2021.

The five men are currently being held at Guantánamo Bay prison, in Cuba, after being arrainged in May 2012.

They are charged with war crimes including, terrorism, hijacking and nearly 3,000 counts of murder, for their alleged roles planning and providing logistical support to the attacks.

They will all face the death penalty if found guilty at Guantánamo – almost 20 years after the tragic attacks on New Yorks World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Mohammad and his four co-defendants have been held at Guantánamo since September 2006, after several years in clandestine CIA detention facilities following their capture.

FILE - This Saturday March 1, 2003 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. On Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, a military judge set Jan. 11, 2021 for the start of the long-stalled war crimes trial of the five men being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison on charges of planning and aiding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo)
Khalid Shaikh Mohammad has been held at Guantánamo Bay since 2006 (Picture: AP)

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 16, 2018, the main gate at the prison in Guantanamo at the US Guantanamo Naval Base in Guantanamo Base, Cuba. - The US Supreme Court on June 10, 2019 upheld the detention of a Yemeni prisoner held without charge or trial for 17 years at an American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The top court refused to take up a petition on behalf of Moath al-Alwi, who was arrested on the Afghan-Pakistan border in December 2001 and transferred to Guantanamo the following January. (Photo by Sylvie LANTEAUME / AFP)SYLVIE LANTEAUME/AFP/Getty Images

The trial will take place at the Cuban US base (Picture: AFP)

The World Trade Center south tower (L) burst into flames after being struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York, September 11, 2001 file photo. REUTERS/Sean Adair PP03080044 GAC - RP2DRIQQMLAA

Mohammed has been called the architect of the attack on the World Trade Center (Picture: Reuters)

Mohammad was captured in Pakistan in 2003 before being transferred to the US base where he was later charged.

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Previously, the Pentagon said Mohammed admitted he was involved in the the September 2001 attacks from A to Z .

The other defendants are Walid bin Attash, who is accused of running an al-Qaida training camp, and Ammar al-Baluchi, alleged of heavily funding the hijackers and their pilot training.

Ramzi bin al-Shibh, is accused of planning the logistics of the attack, and Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, is alleged of supplying money and clothing for the plane hijackers.

The new trial date is a step forward in a case that has been bogged down in pretrial litigation for several years.

But judge Colonel W. Shane Cohen admitted the trial at the Cuban US base will face a host of administrative and logistics challenges which could push back the date even further.

This February 2017 photo provided by his lawyers shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. On Friday, Aug.<a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/31/trial-date-set-principal-architect-9-11-khalid-shaikh-mohammad-10664364/>Read More – Source</a></p>
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