New York Times: Determine date of the trial of persons accused of the events of September 11

The trial of the five accused of plotting the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, including the mastermind of the attacks of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in January 2021 at the US military base at Guantanamo, according to the New York Times.

The judge in charge of the file, Colonel Shane Cohen, set January 11, 2021 as the date for the start of the selection of members of the military jury charged with trying the five men facing the death penalty.

The date is contained in a ten-page memorandum setting out the timetable for pretrial proceedings, and giving the defense team until the start of the first hearing to secure the documents and materials it needs.

Neither the Pentagon nor defense attorneys and prosecutors have confirmed this information at present.

The five men arrested about 15 years ago at the Guantanamo base in the far southeast of Cuba were formally charged 10 years ago, but the proceedings were delayed due to the complexity of the file.

One of the difficulties impeding the progress of the proceedings is that the detainees passed through secret CIA prisons abroad, where some of them were subjected to "severe interrogation methods," an expression of torture, and the information obtained from them was used to build a file. Indict them.

This is especially true of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 54, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and subjected to numerous waterboarding sessions before being transferred to Guantanamo in 2006.

According to the Pentagon, he admitted to being the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The other four defendants include Yemeni Ramzi Binalshibh, who was reportedly due to take part in the operation but did not get a visa to the United States, and Walid Bin Attas, who is suspected of conducting surveillance before the attacks.

Saudi Arabia's Mustafa al-Hawsawi is accused of financing the attack, and Ammar al-Balushi, also called Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, a relative of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a native of Pakistan, is accused of participating in logistical operations.

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