The alleged mastermind of the attacks of September 11th, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. According to a transcript from a hearing at Guantanamo Bay, he has confessed to his role in the hijackings in 2001 and a range of other terror activities around the world. The hearing on Saturday had the narrow task of deciding whether Mohammed was an “enemy combatant”.
He may now face charges and trial by a military tribunal. Human rights groups have criticised the US hearings for not giving defendants a fair trial. But according to the transcript, Sheikh Mohammed spoke through a representative – a member of the US military – and agreed his statements were not made under duress.
Sheikh Mohammed has allegedly admitted responsibility for planning, execution and follow up, the A to Z, of the 9/11 attacks. He also reportedly said he was a responsible for a range of crimes from a Bali nightclub bombing and an attempt to bring down an American plane by a shoe bomb, to efforts to assassinate Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II.