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Obama may freeze 9/11 trials
01-19-2009, 09:05 PM,
Obama may freeze 9/11 trials
Quote:US President-elect Barack Obama might halt the military tribunal of the men charged with planning the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Obama may suspend the court-martial in line with his promise of closing the Guantanamo detention center where the detainees are held, DPA reported on Monday.

The trial, which started on Monday, witnesses the five suspects representing themselves before Military Judge Stephen Henley who will decide their faith. The five could face death sentences upon conviction.

They include the alleged al-Qaeda number three Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who claims to have engineered the attack. He has confessed to planning the hijacking of four passenger planes that crashed into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field killing almost 3,000 people.

The president-to-be, however, describes the infamous detention center as a "sad chapter in American history" pledging that "under my administration we will not torture."

Reports say Obama may order the closure of the prison a day after January 20 when he is expected to assume Oval Office.

On the other hand, he has said the closure would not take effect within the first 100 days of his swearing-in citing diplomatic and legal complications.

"It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize," he said on January 11.

Many countries including Spain, Australia and Germany have raised the possibility of taking in the facility's 250 inmates.
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