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The Pentagon announced that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four co-conspirators are being charged, a second time, through military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.According to a report by NBC New York, the families of 9/11 victims received letters from the Office of Military Commissions advising them of the updates in the case and requesting interviews for trial. Once the military assigns a judge, the detainees will have 30 days to be arraigned.
The five men were originally charged in February, 2008, but the charges were dismissed in January, 2010, when the decision was made to try them in a federal Manhattan court.
Following intense protests, the cases were returned to the military commission which has decided to refile the original charges. They include: conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, intentionally causing bodily injury, hijacking aircraft and terrorism.
In April, due to restrictions on where Guantanamo inmates could be tried, the Obama administration announced its intention of trying the suspects in a military tribunal. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the cases dismissed to avoid delays.
The decision was met warmly by survivors family members. A man who lost his mother on flight 11 told NBC that he finally felt some hope of closure.
“I would like to have this behind us,” said Dominic J. Puopolo Jr. “It’s been a long time. 10 years without a trial is very hard.”
The announcement that the trial would be in New York was met with protests by survivors families as they learned they would have to go through several rings of heavy security during the months of trial.