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US re-files charges against man accused of masterminding 9/11 attack

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is one of five people the US is bringing terrorism and murder charges against under revamped trial processes at Guantanamo Bay.

File photo showing smoke billowing from the North Tower of the WTC in New York on 11 September, 2001.
File photo showing smoke billowing from the North Tower of the WTC in New York on 11 September, 2001.
Image: NAOMI STOCK/LANDOV/Press Association Images

THE US DEFENCE Department says military prosecutors have re-filed terrorism and murder charges against the accused mastermind of the 9/ 11 attacks and four others, under revamped trial processes at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others allege that they were responsible for planning the attacks that sent commercial airliners slamming into the World Trade towers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside, killing more than 3,000 people.

The five men previously were charged in connection with the attacks, but those charges were dropped in 2009, when the Obama administration hoped to do away with the Bush-era military commissions and close Guantanamo. It has been unable to close the prison or try the men in civilian court.

The five have been held at Guantanamo all along.

- AP

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