Alleged 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will finally stand trial on January 1st, 2021 for the al-Qaeda terrorist plane attacks, AFP quoted the New York Times on Friday, August 30th.
The prosecution will seek the death penalty for the defendants.
Preparation orders for the trial, to be held in Guantanamo Bay, were given by the military judge, Colonel Shane Cohen, according to a military Trial Scheduling Order released on Friday.
The September 11th attack in 2001 killed 2,976 people in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi face accusations of scheming and taking part in the terrorist attack conceived by al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden, where commercial airliners were hijacked and crashed into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
A third plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania when passengers fought the hijackers after wising up to their intentions.
In 2012, the five defendants were officially charged with conspiracy, attacking civilians, murder in violation of the law of war, aircraft hijacking, and terrorism.