In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Ramzi Binalshibh, one of the five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, sits at a defense table holding a document waiving his right to claim conflict of interest in representation, during the Military Commissions pretrial hearing in the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. The five accused of the Sept. 11 attacks were back before a military tribunal, forgoing the protest that turned their last appearance into an unruly 13-hour spectacle. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Three Sept. 11 defendants took a judge up on his offer to let them skip their military tribunal Tuesday and the proceedings went on without them. The Guantanamo detainees won a new request to return to court in camouflage clothing if they wanted.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed 9/11 mastermind, was not in the courtroom while attorneys delved into a dense debate on legal motions, including rules for handling classified evidence at trial and what kind of clothing would be allowed.
Only two of the five defendants made it to court for the second day of the weeklong hearing. Mohammed, Saudi defendant Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Pakistani national Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali — Mohammed’s nephew — all stayed away.
The presiding judge, Army Col. James Pohl, ruled Monday that the defendants didn’t have to attend the hearing every day this Login to read more