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Military commission trial of alleged 9/11 planner to be televised for victims' families

[JURIST] US Army Col. Lawrence Morris, chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo Bay military commissions, has said that the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and other Sept. 11 suspects will be broadcast live via closed-circuit television to several military bases so that victims' families can watch, according to Friday media reports. Some family members applauded the decision, while others said justice would be better served if the trials were held in regular courts and open to the public at large, thereby countering any accusations of unfairness. Reuters has more.

Last September, the US Department of Defense released censored audio recordings [MP3 file] of Mohammed's Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD backgrounder]. The recording eliminated 10 of about 40 minutes of Mohammed's testimony [transcript, PDF], in which he said he masterminded the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report] and claimed responsibility for 29 other planned terror attacks.

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