Guantanamo judge halts 9/11 proceedings over Pentagon order

A US military judge suspended all pre-trial hearings in the case of the accused 9/11 plotters Wednesday after the Pentagon ordered all military judges to live permanently at the Guantanamo Bay base. The ruling by Judge James Pohl was still under seal. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work issued the rule change on January 7. A month later, the five men accused of plotting to carry out the September 11, 2001 attacks — including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — filed a motion for their case to be dismissed, citing the government’s “unlawful influence” over the proceedings.

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