US officials have granted 14 "high-value" al-Qaeda suspects, transferred to Guantanamo Bay after years in secret CIA prisons, access to lawyers to represent them at future military trials. The suspects include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 911 attacks, and others once close to Osama bin Laden, reports the Washington Post.
The suspects have been given forms to apply for legal representation. "It was the intent all along that they would have a right to counsel," said an official. Contact with lawyers would be the first time the suspects have seen anyone other than their captors or members of the Red Cross since they were detained.