Monday, December 08, 2008

Top 9/11 suspects to plead guilty

The military tribunal may never go ahead in its current form, analysts say

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants have told a military judge at Guantanamo Bay they want to confess and plead guilty.

The judge at the pre-trial hearing, Col Stephen Henley, said he would question the men to ensure that was their wish.

Mr Mohammed had earlier said he wished to be executed and achieve martyrdom, but had still mounted a defence.

The five accused face the death penalty if convicted of a role in killing 2,973 people in the suicide plane attacks.

No date has been set for the five men's full military tribunal, and their appearance in court on Monday followed hearings held under a judge who resigned last month. . . .

[Editor's Note: The physical facts contradict the U.S. government's version of events on 9/11, i.e. "The 9/11 Commission Report."]

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