November 13, 2009 / 11:52 AM / 8 years ago

9/11 suspects to be tried in New York-US official

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WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be sent to criminal court in New York from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an Obama administration official said on Friday.

The five were being prosecuted in U.S. military commissions at Guantanamo, but the Obama administration has pledged to close the controversial prison and move some of the cases to traditional U.S. criminal courts for trial.

Still, some will be tried in military tribunals, including the accused mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole warship in Yemen Abd al-Rahim al Nashiri, the administration official said, declining to be further identified.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce the decisions later on Friday, the official said. (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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