Lawyers say 9/11 hearing protected by ‘veil of secrecy’

Source: BBC

Defence lawyers for five men accused of plotting the 11 September 2001 attacks have challenged the fairness of the military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

The defendants, who include the alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, were formally charged with murder and other offences on Saturday.

None of the defendants has yet entered a formal plea, and during the hearing they mostly remained silent.

The men’s lawyers say the court is censoring evidence of torture.

The defence counsel at Guantanamo are a mix of military and civilian lawyers.

At a joint news conference they complained of what they called “assembly line justice” protected by a “veil of secrecy”.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was repeatedly water-boarded secret CIA prisons before being brought to Guantanamo.

His lawyer, David Nevin, said “everything is being done to prevent this [tribunal] from being fair”.

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  1. Anyone reading The Muslim Times must realize that we are of course very much against terrorism in all of its forms. – However, are we permitted to say that it does seem a bit strange that charges are being raised for ‘the crime of the century’ more than ten years after the incident? And after the accused have been in custody (without charges) for years?

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