Defendants sit out Guantanamo hearing in 9/11 case

The Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal is back in session in the September 11 case, but without the defendants.

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba): The Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal is back in session in the September 11 case, but without the defendants.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants chose to sit out the second-day of a week long pretrial motions hearing. It`s not clear why they are boycotting Tuesday`s session.

A day earlier, defendant Ramzi Binalshibh requested permission to address the court and was denied.
The judge allows them to skip pre-trial sessions but says they must attend the trial. Prosecutors have expressed concerns, fearing the men might later argue that they were excluded from court and use that as a basis for an appeal.

The five are charged with nearly 3,000 counts of murder for planning and aiding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A trial date has not yet been set.
PTI