WASHINGTON: The US military commission hearing the case of 9/11 accused Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and others has delayed proceedings by two weeks on account of Ramazan.
In a press release, James Connell, a lawyer for the accused Ammar al Baluchi, said that they had sent in a request supported by all five co-defendants that they would want to avoid hearings during the last ten days of Ramazan. “The last ten days of Ramadan, which commemorate the night God (Allah) revealed the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), are typically observed by fasting, prayer, and seclusion,” said Connell.
He added that the prosecution had opposed the request. The hearing, which was due to take place from August 8-12, will now take place on August 22 to August 26.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, Ali Abd al Aziz Ali aka Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Walid Bin Attash were arraigned before a military judge in May this year. They have been accused of conspiring, planning and helping to execute the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
If found guilty, they will face the death penalty.
They are currently held at Guantanamo Bay, a US naval base.
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