Gitmo Detainees Intend to Plead Not Guilty in U.S. Court

Nov 23, 2009 11:51am

The five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay who will soon be brought to the U.S. for trial — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali , Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi – intend to plead not guilty, an attorney for one of the defendants confirmed to ABC News’s Jason Ryan over the weekend.

The story was first reported by the New York Times to whom Ali’s attorney, Scott Fenstermaker, said the men would plead not guilty “so they can have a trial and try to get their message out.”

Three of the men – Mohammed, Attash, and Ali – wrote a letter to the military commissions in September (you can read a translation of it HERE) that stated that they “were arrested in 2003 and we spent three years moving around between the black sites in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Bush, then we were transferred to the island of oppression, torture and terror, Guantánamo, in 2006; and we only received the list of charges in 2008, then, the lying Barack, the new American President was elected, an (sic) we entered the black ages of Barack, and here he is, the liar, moving us from continuance to continuance, and we say to him, to the military commission and to the criminal American people who pays (sic) the taxes out of its own pocket to the oppressing Government, which converts these monies into bombs,…we say to them all just like what Allah the Almighty said in the Holy Quran: ‘Say nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our protector…’”

- jpt

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