The Chicago Tribune, 4 April 2011
Publié le :
5 avril 2011
Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced "reluctantly" that the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four other suspects will face justice before a U.S. military
tribunal at Guantanamo Bay
rather than in a civilian court in New York.
The decision marks a major reversal both for President Obama
and Holder, especially since the president initially promised to shut down the prison at the U.S. Naval Base on Guantanamo Bay where Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the others will now be tried.
"Sadly, this case has been marked by needless controversy since the beginning," Holder said, revealing that a 2009 indictment against Mohammed and the four others has sat for months under seal in federal court in New York, without ever proceeding. "But despite all the argument and debate it has engendered, the prosecution for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators should never have been about settling ideological arguments or scoring political points."