Defendants Engage in No Disruptions of 9/11 Court Proceedings

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - So far, a court hearing today involving five suspects in the 9/11 attacks hasn't featured any of the protests and disruptions that plagued their last hearing in May.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who describes himself as the mastermind of the terror attacks, and his four co-defendants have been sitting quietly at the defense table, under the watchful eyes of military guards and several family members of the victims of the attacks. All seemed to be cooperating with their attorneys. Mohammed read legal papers. Two others responded politely to the judge when they were asked questions.

At a session in May, one prisoner was briefly restrained. Another launched into an incoherent rant. The five men generally ignored the judge, and two of them stood up to pray at one point.

An attorney for Ramzi Binalshibh (RAM'-zee bin-al-SHEEB'), who's accused of providing support to the 9/11 hijackers, told the court that the defendants may want to boycott future court sessions -- either because they don't recognize the U.S. government's authority, or because their transportation two and from court reminds them of harsh treatment they endured in the CIA's overseas network of secret prisons.

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