9/11 kingpin wants army attire for trial
The man who has called himself the mastermind of the September 11 attacks is seeking to wear military-style clothing at his upcoming war crimes trial in Guantanamo.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has asked to wear a camouflage field jacket and camouflage turban with traditional Pakistani clothing as he goes on trial with four other men at the US base in Cuba on charges that include murder and terrorism.
Mohammed wanted to wear the items at his May 5 arraignment but prison officials refused to allow it. They rejected some clothing requested by other defendants as inappropriate for the military tribunal.
But his defence team is asking the judge to overrule that decision, arguing that Mohammed is seeking to wear items customarily worn by members of a militia and that it violates his right to a fair trial and historical precedent by forbidding him to do so.