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Both sides in Sept. 11 case at Guantanamo predict long legal battle
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) ' The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, but the trial won't be starting anytime soon.
People involved in the case against the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks and four co-defendants are predicting a long legal battle. Defense lawyer James Connell says a tentative trial date of May 2013 is a "placeholder" until true date can be set. The chief prosecutor is Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins and he said Sunday the case could go on for years as the defense files hundreds of challenges.
During Saturday's 13-hour arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants the men refused to respond to the judge or use the court's translation system in what Connell called "peaceful resistance to an unjust system."