WAR COURT

Judge extends delay of 9/11 case

 
 
Left to right: Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash, and Khalid Sheik Mohammad, pray at their arraignment Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Left to right: Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash, and Khalid Sheik Mohammad, pray at their arraignment Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
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The latest delay in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantánamo is getting longer.

The military judge presiding over the case on Thursday postponed a pretrial hearing that was scheduled to start next week amid uncertainty over whether one defendant is mentally competent to stand trial.

In December, the judge, Army Col. James Pohl, adjourned the case so military doctors could determine if defendant Ramzi Bin al Shibh is competent following repeated outbursts in court. But the Yemeni captive accused of being a Sept. 11 plotter refused to meet with the doctors in January, so they could not make a finding.

Pohl instead set a hearing on its mental status for April at the U.S. base in Cuba.

A trial date has not yet been set for the five men charged with orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

For more information on the issue, read here.

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