May 6, 2012
The self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four co-defendants defied a military court here Saturday, with one of the accused shouting “you are going to kill us.”
The five were brought into the courtroom to be arraigned for the killing of 2,976 people on September 11, 2001 when Al-Qaeda militants flew hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
But the proceedings quickly turned chaotic with the men refusing to respond to the judge’s questions. Defendant Ramzi Binalshibh interrupted the proceedings by suddenly standing to pray, and then alternately kneeling and standing.
He then broke his silence, shouting at the judge, Colonel James Pohl, “You are going to kill us and say that we are committing suicide.”
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyer David Nevin had said his client, who three years go confessed to the 9/11 attacks “from A to Z,” probably would not speak at the hearing because he is “deeply concerned by the fairness of the process.”
This article was posted: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 6:35 am