9/11 Suspects Return to Court After Pandemic Delay, But Trial Won’t Start Until at Least 2022

HeadlineSep 08, 2021

The five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks appeared in a Guantánamo Bay military court Tuesday for the first time in over a year. The resumption of pretrial hearings comes just days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The case against the five men, which includes suspected mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has been riddled with procedural problems, including the admissibility of evidence that was obtained by CIA agents under torture. The pretrial hearings, which have been prolonged for at least nine years, were suspended in February 2020 due to the pandemic. The selection of a military jury will likely not begin until at least 2022.

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