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9/11 mastermind wants uniform for trial

14 June 2012, 09:19

San Juan - The man who has called himself the "mastermind" of the 9/11 attacks wants to wear military-style clothing at his upcoming war crimes trial in Guantanamo.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has asked to wear a camouflage field jacket and camouflage turban with traditional Pakistani clothing as he goes on trial at the US base in Cuba on charges that include murder and terrorism.

Prosecutors oppose the idea and military officials prevented Mohammed from wearing the items at his 5 May arraignment.

One of his defence attorneys, Jason Wright, says the US has traditionally allowed defendants in war crimes tribunals to wear clothing of their choice. Wright said on Wednesday that the defence is asking the judge to overrule that decision. The next court hearing is scheduled for August.

- AP


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