9-11 suspects arraigned in military court on Saturday
(New York) The arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants in Guantanamo has stirred up emotions about 9-11.
Lawyers for the prisoners charged with the Sept 11th attacks say their clients weren’t trying to disrupt the court by reading magazines, praying and not answering the judge’s questions.
“The accused refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the military commissions as demonstrated through their silence,” said Defense Attorney James Connell.
The five men including, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad–who claims to have planned the hijackings–were arraigned in military court Saturday in Guantamo Bay.
Eddie Bracken was one of the few victims’ relatives there.
He lost his sister Lucy when the towers in New York came tumbling down.
“How they perceive themselves and how the lawyers are perceiving them. Yea, hurtful. Hurtful because they have no remorse,” said Bracken. “I don’t think they have any souls to tell you the truth.”
The arraignment comes more than 10 and half years after the planes destroyed the World Trade Center.
Many of the families of the nearly 3,000 people who died here and in Washington and Pennsylvania say it’s taken too long for justice.
The Chief prosecutor says he’s doing this by the book.
“Justice in every society is patient, methodical, patient, determined but patient,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, chief prosecutor.
The defendants will be back in court in the summer.