by Andrew Crisp
A military commission judge in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Saturday, May 5, arraigned five detainees as accused conspirators of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
However, the hours-long trial was disrupted numerous times by the defendants. Ramzi bin al Shibh spoke out to the judge about Guantanamo prison conditions, and began praying in the courtroom.
Later, he shouted at the judge that he should address their complaints about prison conditions because “maybe you are not going to see me again.”
“Maybe they are going to kill us and say that we have committed suicide,” he added.
Another detainee, Walid bin Attash, was restrained in a chair for the trial, wheeled in by guards. It marked the first time any of the five defendants had been seen in public since 2008, when the administration of former President George W. Bush began to prosecute the men.
After taking office, President Barack Obama pushed to have the trial moved to a federal court in New York City, but that plan dissolved after backlash from Congress.