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Topic - Mark S. Martins
The accused mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, appeared Wednesday in a camouflage vest and railed against the U.S. government at the military tribunal where he is being prosecuted.
The United States finally has started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won't be starting any time soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years.
The United States has finally begun prosecuting five prisoners here charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people; but the trial will not be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years.
With the next round of Guantanamo military commission pretrial hearings for alleged USS Cole bombing ringleader Abd Al Rahim al-Nashiri scheduled through Friday, now is a good time to ask why Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is still involved extensively in a presumably military function.
The military tribunals held at the isolated Guantanamo Bay Naval Base have been lambasted as kangaroo courts, heavily weighted in favor of the prosecution, but most of the convictions so far have led to lighter-than-expected sentences.
"The focus of this trial can thus remain, as it should, on the guilt or innocence of the accused and not on counsel accommodations. Again, while taking seriously the genuine needs of counsel to fulfill their professional responsibilities, the quality of justice is not determined by physical trappings," chief prosecutor Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins said in a statement this week.
Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, had argued that the rules for the special wartime tribunals known as military commissions require defendants to attend all court sessions.