On June 5, 2008, five men charged with plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks were arraigned before a military court at Guantanamo Bay. The group of defendants included the alleged leader behind the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Although the defendants were arraigned in 2008, the debate over the nature and venue of the trials of the alleged conspirators have led prosecutors to seek multiple continuances since 2008 including two lengthy ones in January 2009 and May 2009. US Attorney General Eric Holder had initially expressed a desire to try the suspected terrorists in federal court. However, it was announced in April that the five accused terrorists would face a military tribunal.