Skip to comments.Alleged 9/11 mastermind open to aiding victim lawsuit to avoid execution
Posted on 07/29/2019 1:09:37 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has expressed willingness to aid a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia by victims of the attack if the federal government does not seek the death penalty against him, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Mohammeds offer was first made public in a filing Friday as part of the federal lawsuit, which seeks to hold the Saudi government responsible for assisting in the attacks, a charge the Saudis have denied.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs reportedly reached out to three of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of conspiring in the attacks, after which they wrote that Mohammeds attorney said he would not agree to a deposition currently, but [i]n the absence of a potential death sentence much broader cooperation would be possible."
The comments were a marked departure from a June 2008 hearing in which Mohammed interrupted a military judge who called his proceedings a death penalty case to say it was a martyr case.
This is what I wish. Ive been looking to be martyred for a long time, Mohammed said, according to the Journal.
Harvey Rishikof, the Pentagon official responsible for overseeing the proceedings of Guantanamo cases, began exploring potential deals with 9/11 defendants in which they would receive life sentences for guilty pleas in 2017, largely due to concern that the defendants torture in Central Intelligence Agency facilities could keep the prosecution from securing convictions in a capital case.
Then-Defense Secretary James Mattis fired Rishikof shortly after the plea talks became publicly known, although he maintained it was for unrelated reasons.
A lot has happened in the past 10 years, a person familiar with the Guantanamo proceedings told the Journal. The 9/11 defendants are not as interested as they once were in martyring themselves.
Were trying to leave no stone unturned, James Kreindler, one of the attorneys representing the victims in the lawsuit, said Monday. But who knows whether [the 9/11 conspirators will] ever testify or be honest or be cooperative?
“Those 72 virgins not looking so hot now, eh, Kahlid?”
Lying....again and again.
The Saudi government had nothing to do with 911. Some of great wealth in Saudi did. Some are close to the Royal family. This is a dichotomy of retention of power for the Royal Family. There are extremists of great wealth in Saudi. The Royal Family's first priority is to retain power and thus tolerates the extremists least they turn on the Royal Family. The Royal Family is precarious balancing act between their real alliance to the West and the radicals of great wealth in their own nation.
Odd is it not that Saudi and Israel are de facto allies but can not say it. I worked in the Middle East for several years. It is not what one sees on the six o clock news. It is many factions fighting for power in the whole Middle East. The factions are driven by lust for power and religious differences. The real hell of it is the hundreds of years of war between the Sunni Muslims and the Shiite Muslims is their religious differences are about the same as the difference between a Baptist and a Methodist but they do kill each other with great abandon.
They could have left him in an unmarked grave, in some desert, long ago.
Still got the shovel!
I saw this guy on TV saying they were going to steal more airplanes, ram more buildings and kill more Americans.
Needless to say, but I will anyways, I have no sympathy for this unrepentant terrorist. And he should still be executed either way.
Yup. You were the first one to get it.
18 years later, and this motherfucker STILL HAS NOT EVEN GONE TO TRIAL.
Sorry, but stuff like this makes me say unladylike things.
He can’t go to trial, at least not in open court. But, unfortunately, this is not a subject that can be discussed on Free Republic.
Bump. Well said!
I say let him help if it will do any good. And then execute him!
Now he’ll be found to have committed suicide or some bizzare accident will befall him. They cant let this go through because then (those we are banned from speaking of) might be implicated as greenlighting and coordinating (that thing we are banned from speaking of).
Why is this POS still alive?
No. Too late.
Great - stab him to death with a sharpened pork rib....
He should have been dead 18 years ago (almost).
Time to practice taqqiya...
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