June 18 - Five suspects accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in 2001 appear in court as pretrial motions begin. Jessica Gray reports.
A court sketch of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. He and four others began a week-long pretrial hearing in a Guantanamo Bay Court Monday. They are accused funding and training the hijackers of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers in 2001. All five face the death penalty if convicted on charges of terrorism, hijacking and murdering neary 3,000 people. Their lawyers, however, want confidential Red Cross reports released on the defendents treatment at Guantanamo. They could yield mitigating information that might spare the defendants from execution if they are convicted. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAPTAIN JASON WRIGHT, LEGAL DEFENSE COUNSEL FOR KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED SAYING: "The ICRC has shared their concerns with the U.S. Government, we believe that we should know those concerns, these men are being accused of very heinous crimes and this government is trying to kill them. They should be entitled to any evidence that bears on their conditions of confinement." U.S. military prosecutors say they are doing everything in their power to ensure the case will go ahead as planned. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIGADIER GENERAL MARK S. MARTINS, LEAD PROSECUTOR FOR U.S. MILITARY COMMISSIONS SAYING: "It's going to happen, we're committed to it, we're determined to pursue this, I'm in this job as long as necessary to bring these cases to trial and I think we will but I can't give you an exact date." President Barack Obama's administration has long come under fire over suspected prisoner abuses at the controversial facility in Cuba. The ICRC has visited the site 90 times since it opened in 2002 but the organization's reports to the government are kept confidential.