Friday, November 13, 2009

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Sent to New York for Trial

NOVEMBER 13, 2009, 9:53 A.M. ET | By EVAN PEREZ

WASHINGTON -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused in the attacks will be put on criminal trial in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce later Friday.

The decision, described by people familiar with the matter, is part of wider announcement planned on how to bring to justice detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. It's the first set of decisions before a Monday deadline on how to deal with the more than 200 prisoners remaining at the facility, which President Barack Obama has ordered closed.

Also expected in the announcement Friday will be plans to hold a military tribunal for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, alleged to have planned the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

Peter King of New York says this is a decision born out of political correctness, it puts the country in harm's way, and that it may be "the worst decision by a president in history."

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