Alleged 9/11 Leader Faces Gitmo Tribunal

Doubts about fairness attend trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 8:07 AM CDT
The sun sets over Camp Justice and its adjacent tent city, the legal complex of the U.S. Military Commissions, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, in Cuba, Wednesday, June 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)
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(Newser) – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, will be arraigned today at a special military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, reports the Washington Post. Five years after his arrest in Pakistan, the detainee and four others will appear in a specially designed, $4 million courtroom to face charges of terrorism and "murder in violation of the law of war." 

The Pentagon has flown in 60 journalists to the Cuban military base to witness the trial of the most high-profile prisoner now held in US custody; critics contend that the proceedings are designed to produce a conviction rather than a fair trial. Evidence obtained via torture is considered inadmissible, but material gleaned from waterboarding—which Mohammed was subjected to—faces no prohibition.