US to Seek Death Penalty against 9/11 Attacks Suspects

World | February 12, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

The US government announced Monday that it is to seek death penalty against six suspects in the 9/11 attacks although attorneys claimed such a trial could leave the detainees looking like martyrs to their supporters, CNN reported.

A military commission to try the alleged mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the other five men will take place at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon said.

A judge must first approve the murder and conspiracy charges against the suspects, accused of planning the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the request the death penalty be considered, the military said Monday.

The charges would be the first capital cases against any of the nearly 800 detainees, who have been brought to the US military prison in Cuba.

"The losers will be the American public unless some fundamental changes are made very quickly," said Charles Swift, who represented Osama bin Laden's driver in a case that ultimately led the Supreme Court to reject the Bush administration's military tribunals for detainees in 2006.

Swift explained also that the Office of Military Commissions has no attorneys who are "death-penalty-qualified currently assigned."
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