The U.S. government has announced murder and war crimes charges against six suspects in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.
A U.S. military prosecutor said military officials want the suspects tried together and are seeking the death penalty for all six. A military judge will now review the evidence and recommend whether to move forward with a trial.
The suspects include the alleged mastermind of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as well as Mohammed al-Qahtani, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi.
They are being held at the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and would be tried in the military tribunal system.
Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday that the charges include conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, terrorism and material support for terrorism.
The September 11th attacks killed some three thousand people when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon outside Washington and a field in Pennsylvania.