Case against ‘9/11 Five’ tainted, attorney argues

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba: The case against five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks is tainted because President Barack Obama and other senior officials have already deemed them guilty, an attorney said Thursday. Walter Ruiz, who represents Mustapha al-Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia, spoke while arguing a joint defense motion — first filed in 2012 — to dismiss the case, highlighting the glacially slow pace of proceedings against the “9/11 Five.” The so-called 9/11 Five are alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash and Ramzi Binalshibh of Yemen, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali — Mohammed’s nephew — and al-Hawsawi.

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