Trial date set for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other men charged with plotting 9/11 attacks
The long-awaited trial for the men accused of plotting the September 11 terror attacks, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was finally set Friday by a military judge: The trial will begin Jan. 11, 2021, The New York Times reported.
The death penalty trial will take place at Guantanamo Bay.
The military judge, Col. W. Shane Cohen of the Air Force, set the date for the start of the selection of a military jury at the war court compound at the Navy base in Cuba called Camp Justice.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is a Pakistani Islamist militant held by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp under terrorism-related charges. He was named as “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Sheikh Mohammed was a member of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organization, leading al-Qaeda’s propaganda operations from around 1999 until late 2001. He confessed to FBI and CIA agents to a role in many of the most significant terrorist plots over the last twenty years.