9/11 Suspects Boycott Gitmo Hearing

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2009 11:39 AM CDT
A TV crew passes a courtroom sketch of Canadian inmate Omar Khadr, at the Camp Justice war crimes tribunal compound, at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba, Wednesday, July 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)
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(Newser) – While relatives of the victims waited in the courtroom, the five Guantanamo inmates accused of conspiring in the 9/11 attacks boycotted a pretrial hearing this morning, the Miami Herald reports. The proceeding was intended to determine whether the defendants who aren't representing themselves are competent to stand trial. Alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others learned yesterday they would not be allowed to speak, defense lawyers said.