Amnesty International responds to today's arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators

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May 5, 2012

Amnesty International responds to today's arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators

Frank Jannuzi, Head of Amnesty International's Washington office, issued the following response to today's arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators:

"Today's arraignment is another illustration that no matter how hard the Obama administration tries to make over the military commissions, you cannot beautify something so fundamentally ugly," said Frank Jannuzi, head of Amnesty International’s Washington office.

"A federal court recently found Al Qaeda operative Adis Medunjanin guilty of plotting to bomb the New York subway.  The court convicted Medanjunin within a reasonable time frame and without any threats to the general public. In contrast,  the military commissions process has only brought on delays, obstacles and challenges, as the rules of this unlawful game constantly change.  It has been more than a decade since the 9/11 attacks and few have been held accountable for their actions."

"The bottom line is that if the U.S. government wants to achieve justice for all the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks, it should adhere to the rule of law by prosecuting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators in federal court – just like the hundreds of other terrorism cases that have been successfully prosecuted in federal courts since the 9/11 attacks."

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To speak to Frank Jannuzi or for further information, please contact the Amnesty International USA media office at (202) 509-8194.