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9/11 five in military court as world watches

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9/11 five in military court as world watches


The American military legal system is under scrutiny as five men accused of plotting the 9/11 terror attacks face court for the first time.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the highest-ranking al-Qaeda operative in US custody, challenged the legitimacy of the Guantanamo court but said he would welcome the death penalty, and what he called ‘martyrdom’.

The five are accused of conspiring to murder civilians in the 2001 attacks, which prompted President Bush’s global war on terror.

Defence lawyers criticised the court for allowing the defendants to talk among themselves, saying one of them had been pressured into rejecting court-appointed lawyers.

The accused face 2,973 counts of murder, one for each person killed.

The CIA admits Mohammed was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, something which human rights groups denounce as torture.

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