Tomorrow: 9/11 Case Back On at Gitmo

3 years later, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 4 others set for arraignment
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 4, 2012 9:47 AM CDT
At left, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. At right, a photo purporting to show him in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   (AP Photo/
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(Newser) – It's been three years since President Obama paused the case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged planners of the 9/11 attacks. Tomorrow, the case resumes in a military tribunal at Guantanamo after efforts to move the proceedings to a civilian court failed. Things could be a little different this time around, however: While Mohammed once said he'd welcome the death penalty, now, "I don't think anyone is going to plead guilty," says a lawyer for another defendant, Ramzi Binalshibh.

The trial itself won't likely begin for at least a year; tomorrow will begin with an arraignment before the court hears defense motions that challenge the charges and certain secrecy rules. "There still are major problems in terms of whether the trial will be fair and, more important, will they be perceived as fair," says a human rights activist. Click through for more on the defense's concerns.

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