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9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed takes centre stage at Guantanamo trial

21.10.2012 Branko Ilic , Serbian FBReporter


Mr Mohammed is a detained enemy prisoner of war. He wanted to wear the same type of uniform he wore while fighting for the US-supported Mujahedeen in Afghanistan and in Bosnia,” argued military lawyer Captain Jason Wright.


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed


In court, Mr Mohammed makes no grand gestures. He is not a protestor. He sits quietly in his swing-chair at the front, to the left of the judge’s dais, often with his head bowed and reads his documents related to the case. When he enters the court, he arrives with a military guard on either side of him, both dwarfing the accused who is no more than 5ft 6ins.

The 47-year-old Kuwaiti born Pakistani is charged with the gravest and most apocalyptic of crimes, orchestrating the plan to kill thousands of people by targeting some of America’s iconic buildings. He allegedly devised the “planes scheme” and went to Osama bin Laden to seek approval.


The first impression is of a face with a mass of henna-red beard. All the accused have beards but his spreads over the upper half of his chest as he sits, head down, in his chair. He has a new pair of glasses, and, of course, after winning the argument to wear camouflage, he has been sporting an old-fashioned hunting-jacket-style camo top over his white robes.

One of his his lawyers told the judge he wanted to wear camouflage in court to register the fact that this was his style of dress when he fought as a Mujahiden in Afghanistan and Bosnia.

Thanks to Judge Pohl who decreed that the five accused could choose whether to attend court or not but had to do so in writing if they chose to stay in bed, we know that Mr Mohammed gets woken in his cell at Camp 7 at 5am, and is asked by a female military guard what he wants to do.

The first day he said “yes”, and then said “no” when he got to the court. The next day he said “yes”, then “no”, then after half an hour in a holding cell at the courtroom facility, he summoned his female guard and said he would like to join the proceedings during the morning break. The judge acquiesced. This was when Mr Mohammed entered for the first time wearing his camouflage.




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