9/11 mastermind for trial

Self-proclaimed September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court, an Obama Administration official said early today.

Bringing such notorious suspects to US soil to face trial is a key step in President Barack Obama's plan to close the terror suspect detention centre in Cuba.

The trial may also force the court system to confront a host of difficult legal issues surrounding counterterrorism programmes begun after the 2001 attacks, including harsh interrogation techniques.

The most severe method - waterboarding, or simulated drowning - was used on Mohammed 183 times in 2003, before the practice was banned.

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf03 at 25 Oct 2016 05:30:43 Processing Time: 588ms