9/11 families prepare for Guantanamo arraignment

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 7:31 am •  Published: May 5, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 11 years after the 2001 terror attacks, family members of some of the victims will watch via closed-circuit TV as the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks and four co-defendants are arraigned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"I want to bear witness that in fact these people are brought to justice," said Al Santora, whose firefighter son Christopher died at the World Trade Center.

Santora and his wife, Maureen, plan to watch Saturday's arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, one of the military bases where the proceeding will be broadcast live for victims' family members, survivors and emergency personnel who responded to the attacks.

Mohammed and the others are expected to be arraigned on charges that include terrorism and murder. They could get the death penalty if convicted in the attacks that sent hijacked airliners slamming into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. The trial is probably at least a year away.

Six victims' families chosen by lottery have traveled to Guantanamo to see the arraignment in person. It is not clear how many others will watch at military bases including Fort Hamilton and Fort Meade in Maryland.

Alan Linton of Frederick, Md., who lost his son Alan Jr., an investment banker, at the World Trade Center, said he and his wife put their names in the lottery for the Cuba trip but they aren't interested in watching a video feed of the arraignment.



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