9/11 Masterminds Refuse to Cooperate During Arraignment (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/06/12)
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The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and four
co-defendants defiantly disrupted an arraignment at the U.S. base at
Guantanamo Bay on Saturday night.
According to a report by The Associated Press, Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, the admitted 9/11 architect, and the four men accused of
aiding the 9/11 conspiracy, knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and
wouldn´t listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly
3,000 counts of murder.
It wasn´t until more than seven hours into the hearing that
prosecutors at the U.S. military base in Cuba began reading the
charges against the men, which include 2,976 counts of murder and
terrorism in the 2001 attacks that sent hijacked jetliners into New
York´s World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The report said that the five put off their pleas until a later date.
Another hearing was set for June 12.
Earlier, Mohammed reportedly cast off his earphones providing Arabic
translations of the proceeding and refused to answer Army Col. James
Pohl´s questions or acknowledge he understood them. All five men
refused to participate in the hearing; two passed around a copy of
The Economist magazine and leafed through the articles, AP reported.
Walid bin Attash was confined to a restraint chair when he came into
court, released only after he promised to behave.
Ramzi Binalshibh began praying alongside his defense table, followed
by Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, in the middle of the hearing; Binalshibh then
launched into a tirade in which he compared a prison official to
former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and declared that he was in
“Maybe they will kill me and say I committed suicide,” he said in a
mix of Arabic and broken English, according to AP.
The detainees´ lawyers spent hours questioning the judge about his
qualifications to hear the case and suggested their clients were
being mistreated at the hearing.
It was the defendants´ first appearance in more than three years
after stalled efforts to try them for the terror attacks.
The Obama administration renewed plans to try the men at the U.S.
base at Guantanamo Bay after a bid to try them in New York City,
blocks from the trade center site, faced political opposition.
Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen who grew up in Kuwait and attended
college in Greensboro, North Carolina, has admitted to military
authorities that he was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks as well
as about 30 other plots. He has also admitted that he personally
killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Mohammed was
captured in 2003 in Pakistan.
Binalshibh was allegedly chosen to be a hijacker but couldn´t get a
U.S. visa and ended up providing assistance such as finding flight
schools. Bin Attash, from Yemen, allegedly ran an Al-Qaeda training
camp in Afghanistan and researched flight simulators and timetables.
Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi is a Saudi accused of helping the hijackers
with money, Western clothing, traveler´s checks and credit cards. Al-
Aziz Ali, a Pakistani national and nephew of Mohammed, allegedly
provided money to the hijackers. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/06/12)
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