Six GITMO Terrorists Face Death Penalty in Military Tribunal Proceedings
February 11, 2008
Six GTMO Terrorists Face Death Penalty In Military Tribunal Proceedings
February 11, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Six al-Qaeda terrorists currently being detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility are nearing an appointment with justice via military tribunals expected to begin sometime this Summer.
The six named in the indictment are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - reputed to the 911 mastermind who was broken by water boarding, Walid Muhammad Salih, Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi and Mohamed al Kahtani.
Government prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in all six cases.
Detailed in a presentation listing169 specific acts, the indictment alleges that those charged met with Usama bin-Laden in the period of time after al-Qaeda declared war on the United States in 1996 to devise the plan that eventually resulted in the September 11 attacks and the death of 2,973 civilians.
The indictment charges the named six along with others, "known and unknown," in having willfully joined in:
"...an enterprise of persons with the intent to further the unlawful purpose of the enterprise; said agreement and enterprise sharing a common criminal purpose known to the six accused to commit the following offenses triable by military commission: attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, murder in violation of the law of war, destruction of property in violation of the law of war, and terrorism."
As tribunal advisor Brigadier General Thomas W. Hartmann stated at a press briefing, "These charges allege a long term, highly sophisticated, organized plan by al-Qaida to attack the United States of America."
Hartmann stated that all six will be tried en-masse, not as separate cases.
Regarding this development, WH spokesman Dan Perino, commenting today said, "Obviously 9-11 was a defining moment in our history, and a defining moment in the global war on terror…And this judicial process is the next step in that story. The president is sure that the military is going to follow through in a way that the Congress said they should."
Perino added that the decision to ask for the death penalty was independently made, with no input coming from the administration.
Link to prosecution document Six al-Qaeda terrorists face death penalty in 911 case