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Guantánamo: Secret evidence is thorny issue at 9/11 pretrial hearing

At Guantánamo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged 9/11 co-conspirators were back in court. Their lawyers complained about not being able to show them 'classified' evidence.


Accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with his gray beard streaked with reddish-orange dye, attends the pretrial hearings at the Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

Janet Hamlin/AP

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Accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators were back before a military judge at Guantánamo on Monday as lawyers began a week-long series of hearings to decide unresolved legal issues in advance of the still-unscheduled war crimes trial.

Pending before the court are matters related to the protection of classified information, alleged government invasion of the attorney-client privilege, and the severity of the conditions of the defendants’ pre-trial confinement in a secret wing of the US terror detention facility, among others.

The proceedings were monitored by reporters at Guantánamo and via a live broadcast at Fort Meade in Maryland.


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