NEW YORK Nov 24 A group against bringing the
self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks to trial in a
U.S. civilian court will hold a rally in New York demanding
Washington reconsider its decision, the group said on Tuesday.
The 9/11 Never Forget Coalition said it will hold an rally
on Dec. 5 at a park adjacent to the Manhattan federal
courthouse where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will be
tried just blocks from Ground Zero.
No date has been announced for the suspects' transfer to
New York or their first appearance in court.
Debra Burlingame, a co-founder of the group, said the trial
gives Mohammed the opportunity to wage "jihad in the
courtroom." The group supports trying the men before a military
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has defended his decision
to move the trials from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to a
federal criminal court in New York, saying the men can be tried
fairly and successfully in New York.
The decision has divided the families of victims. Some say
the trial is an opportunity to face the perpetrators of the
Sept. 11 attacks and help bring closure while others say the
men should be treated like war criminals.
"We are giving them the biggest stage that they could
possibly want," said Tim Brown, a retired New York City
firefighter who said he lost dozens of friends in the attack.
"We are in a pre-9/11 mentality."
Burlingame declined to estimate how many people she
expected to attend the rally.
(Reporting by Edith Honan; editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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