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Long Fight Predicted In Guantanamo 9/11 Case

Sunday, May 6, 2012 17:55
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The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won’t be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years.

Defense lawyer James Connell said a tentative trial date of May 2013 is a “placeholder” until a true date can be set for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the attacks, and his co-defendants.

“It’s going to take time,” said the chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who said he expects to battle a barrage of defense motions before the case goes to trial.

 

“I am getting ready for hundreds of motions because we want them to shoot everything they can shoot at us,” he said in the wake of Saturday’s arraignment, which dragged on for 13 hours due to stalling tactics by the defendants.

“Everyone is frustrated by the delay,” Martins said. He noted that the civilian trial of convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui took four years, and he pleaded guilty in 2006 before being sentenced to life in prison.

 

On Saturday, Mohammed and his co-defendants refused to respond to the judge or use the court’s translation system and demanded a lengthy reading of the charges. One of them got up and started praying.

Connell called the tactics “peaceful resistance to an unjust system.”

The arraignment, Connell said, “demonstrates that this will be a long, hard-fought but peaceful struggle against secrecy, torture and the misguided institution of the military commissions.”

Read more at: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/06/11563377-after-chaotic-start-long-fight-predicted-in-guantanamo-911-case

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