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US: 9/11 trial ‘may not begin for four years’

Last Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:23

London: The trial of the five terrorists, who have been charged with the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in the United States, may not begin for another four years, according to a report.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators are due to be tried at the Guantanamo Bay military facility for the murders of 2,976 people in the US, which has been dubbed as the ``trial of the century``.

Both the prosecution and defence of the case conceded that the hearing might not take place soon, adding that the trial would not be televised, unlike many high profile trials in America.

“The government position is that the rule works,” The Telegraph quoted military prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins, as saying, who was referring to the current laws surrounding the military commissions in the US.

But James Connell, one of the defence lawyers, expressed dissatisfaction at the lack of television cameras.

“We have asked for the proceedings to be televised on a feed to commercial television outlets. The defence position is that there should be a television feed of this so that members of the public, whether they are victims` families or people who are interested in these proceedings in the US or worldwide can watch,” he said.

The prosecution estimated that the trial was scheduled to begin by June or July next year, but Connell said that he believed it would be much longer, suggesting four years from now as a realistic timescale, the paper said.


First Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:23

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