Al-Qaida Leader Denounces Tribunals

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba (AP) The confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks calls his war crimes trial at the Guantanamo bay naval base “an inquisition,” not a trial.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed seemed calm for the most part. But he became upset and denounced the tribunals as unfair after the judge told defense lawyers to be quiet and “sit down!”

Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators each face death if convicted of war crimes including murder, conspiracy and attacking civilians.

Mohammed says he would welcome becoming a “marytr.”at Thursday’s arraignment -- his first appearance since his capture five years ago -- he sang verses from the Quran and rejected his attorneys, telling the judge that he wants to represent himself.

Wearing thick glasses and occasionally stroking his Bushy gray beard, Mohammed seems thinner than the image of an unshaven man with disheveled hair that the U.S. showed to the world after his capture in Pakistan.

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