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    Two Alleged 9/11 Terrorists Request Self-Representation at Gitmo Hearing

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    Two Alleged 9/11 terrorists requested self-representation at their Monday trial.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Two alleged September 11 terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay detention site requested self-representation at their Monday trial, after the release of a report on a possible conflict of interest between their defense team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Miami Herald reported.

    “An effort to restart the… pretrial hearings abruptly ended in less than ten minutes Monday after two accused terrorists spoke out of turn in court, asking whether they could represent themselves in place of their Pentagon-paid death penalty defenders,” The Herald reported on Monday.

    Defendants Walid Bin Attash and Ramzi bin al Shibh have been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility site since 2006, on charges that include terrorism and nearly 3,000 counts of murder in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

    The trial has been stalled for nearly 18 months following accusations from Bin al Shibh’s lawyer that the FBI was investigating the legal team representing the two alleged terrorists, creating possible conflict of interests.

    According to US media reports, the Justice Department prepared a report concluding that no one from the defendant’s legal team will be facing criminal charges “at this time.”

    The contents of the report were scheduled to be unsealed at the Monday hearing.

    Attash and al Shibh are two of five detainees being tried for the death penalty by military tribunal. Only the lead defendant, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has submitted a plea to the court, where he claimed responsibility for orchestrating the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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