9/11 Accused Admit Guilt at Tribunal

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 5:36 PM CST
Omar Khadr also had a hearing today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Two suspected Sept. 11 planners calmly declared their guilt today at what could be the final military tribunal session at Guantanamo Bay, the Miami Herald reports. "We are proud of 9/11," said Ramzi bin al Shibh, who announced his plan to plead guilty, the AP reports. Another of five suspects present, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, said the accused did not fear capital punishment. “We are doing jihad for the cause of God," he said.

A judge turned down a last-minute request by a top government prosecutor to delay today's two pretrial hearings. At both, defense lawyers and prosecutors argued whether a possible paperwork snafu invalidated earlier work on the cases. Judges ruled that the trials would proceed. Accused teen terrorist Omar Khadr of Canada will be tried in a week; the Sept. 11 suspects have no trial date yet.