Five suspects in the September 11 attacks are still awaiting trial

WASHINGTON

In the US the mills of justice work slowly sometimes, however, the case five suspects of involvement in the attacks of September 11, is moving at a particularly slow pace.

After 15 years or more after the arrest of five suspects remain in detention at the US military base in Guantanamo and the US authorities for a number of reasons to expect that the trials will not begin before 2020, and until their completion can take several years.

The legal procedure was extremely complicated. The lawyers – both civil and military – serving hundreds of requests with questions about the behavior of the US authorities during the detention of suspects, the conditions of their detention and treatment, first in secret facilities in Thailand and Poland, and later in Guantanamo.

The situation is complicated and the recognition of the US authorities that after his arrest the accused was subjected to a so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” that many, including Senate intelligence Committee, referred to as “torture”. Among these techniques – torture by simulated drowning. Recently the government claimed that banned the use of such methods.

One of the suspects, a Pakistani Islamist Khalid Sheik Mohammed in 2007, said: “I was responsible for the September 11 operation from A to z”.

Mohammed, who is now 53, is accused that it was he who in 1996 gave the leader of “al-Qaeda” Osama bin Laden the idea of terrorist attacks in the United States. Bin Laden was killed in 2011 in the framework of a covert operation of U.S. special forces in his compound in Pakistan.

Another suspect, 40-year-old native of Yemen Walid bin Attash, presumably led training camp “al-Qaeda” in Afghanistan, where he taught two of the 19 hijackers who seized the planes. 46-year-old Ramzi bin al-Shibh is accused of having helped the German terrorist cell to find flight schools and enter the United States.

41-year-old Ammar al-Baluchi, a native of Kuwait and the nephew of Mohammed accused of transferring terrorists about 120 000 dollars for current expenses and pilot training aircraft. 50-year-old Saudi national Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi supposedly sent the money, Western clothing, traveler’s checks and credit cards some of the terrorists.

The five suspects repeatedly transferred from one court to another, from the military Tribunal to civil court and then back to a military court in Guantanamo Bay.

The suspects, who were detained in 2002-2003 in Pakistan, was indicted in 2008 under the administration of George W. Bush. However, President Barack Obama, who took office the same year, suspended the process to get his security advisors were able to study the case.

In 2010, a senior representative of the Ministry of defence took the suspects of the charges “without exemption”, i.e. they can be re-charged after further investigation.

General attorney Obama Eric holder has decided to transfer the case to civil court in new York, located near the place where stood the world trade center, which terrorists crashed two planes. The attack killed nearly 3,000 people.

The plan holder has caused uproar in political circles. Local authorities have expressed concerns that holding the trial in new York could cause problems with security. Was nominated by the new charges, and in 2012 the case was again sent to Guantanamo, although no trial date yet has not been appointed.