'9/11 Five' due in Guantanamo court two decades after attacks

Reported mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed among five men subject to longest prosecution in US history

The '9/11 Five' have been in US custody since 2002 or 2003 and were transferred to the notorious Guantanamo military prison in 2006. AP
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One week after the last US troops flew out of Kabul in a final, unceremonious act that ended the Afghanistan war, the men accused of helping the hijackers whose attacks on September 11, 2001, triggered the conflict are inching toward trial.

Known as the “9/11 Five” and facing charges that could ultimately lead to their execution, the defendants include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind of the 9/11 attacks against the US.

All have been in US custody since 2002 or 2003 and were transferred to the notorious Guantanamo military detention facility in 2006.

The five men are the subject of the longest prosecution in US history, marred from the start by allegations of CIA torture that defence lawyers say renders much of the evidence inadmissible.

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