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9/11 Mastermind Agrees to Testify, Begs U.S To Nullify Death Penalty

9/11 Mastermind Agrees to Testify, Begs U.S To Nullify Death Penalty

Doris Ukaonu
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

The accused al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has divulged that he is willing to testify in a lawsuit seeking damages from Saudi Arabia, filed by the victims on the condition that the United States will not issue the death penalty against him.

The Wall Street Journal and Reuters news agency report that Mohammed’s offer was entailed in a July 26 letter sent to the US District Court in Manhattan by lawyers representing individuals and businesses advocating billions of dollars in damages.

Recall that on September 11, 2001, aeroplanes hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington, DC, and a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others. Since the attack, the Saudi government has debunked any involvement in it. 

The aftermath of the 9/11 attack

The letter also disclosed that the plaintiffs’ lawyers have been communicating with lawyers for five witnesses held in federal custody concerning their availability for an affidavit.

Three of the plaintiffs including Mohammed are housed at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention camp, where they face capital charges, the other two are at the “supermax” maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado.

The letter stated that currently, Mohammed would not agree to be deposed but nonetheless, there’s room for change.

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“Counsel stated that ‘the primary driver of this decision is the ‘capital nature of the prosecution’ and that ‘in the absence of a potential death sentence much broader cooperation would be possible’,” the letter said.

Further disclosed in the letter was that Mohammed and other Guantanamo Bay detainees have been attending pre-trial hearings in their cases.


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