Pentagon approves 9/11 death penalty trial [View all]
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Source: The Miami Herald
The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial against five Guantánamo Bay prisoners charged with engineering the Sept. 11 attacks.
Retired Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald, the senior Pentagon official overseeing military commissions, signed off on the capital trial against alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, 46, and four accused co-conspirators, according to a Defense Department announcement.
But the military had not yet presented the men with the charges at the remote prison at the U.S. base in southeast Cuba. That meant the 30-day clock had not yet started requiring their appearance before a military commissions judge to hear a formal reading of the charges at Guantánamo’s war court compound, called Camp Justice.
The soonest they would be presented the charges would be Thursday, said David Oten, a Pentagon spokesman.