US charges 9/11 mastermind
Washington - The United States charged the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, along with four alleged plotters on Wednesday, vowing to seek the death penalty in a much-awaited military trial.
"The charges allege that the five men are responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks of September 11 2001 in New York and Washington DC, as well as Shanksville, Pennsylvania, resulting in the killing of 2 976 people," the Defence Department said in a statement.
"The convening authority referred the case to a capital military commission, meaning that, if convicted, the five accused could be sentenced to death."
Khaled, along with Walid bin Attash of Saudi Arabia, Yemen's Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Pakistan's Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali - also known as Ammar al-Baluchi - and Mustafa al-Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia will appear in court for arraignment proceedings within 30 days.
The trial, which could be months away, will be held at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the US government has set up military commissions to try terror suspects.