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New Charges Filed Against KSM

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, four others charged again
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 5:14 PM CDT
US Files New Charges Against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Four Alleged Co-Conspirators
In this image released May 7, 2003, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al-Qaeda's No.3 operational leader and alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, is seen after his CIA capture during a raid in Pakistan March 1, 2003.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators face new conspiracy and murder charges filed today by US military prosecutors. All five defendants were originally charged during George W. Bush’s presidency, but those charges were dropped when President Obama attempted to move the trials into civilian court, Reuters reports. Obama announced last month that the prosecutions will be moved back to a military tribunal at Guantanamo, where the suspects are being held. Fox News notes that the move announced by the Department of Defense today paves the way for an arraignment. (Read more KSM stories.)

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