UK lawyer criticises Guantanamo trial of 9/11 defendants ~ AlJazeeraEnglish.
An alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks and four other accused co-conspirators have been formally charged at a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants were arraigned on Saturday on charges that include 2,976 counts of murder, one for each person killed after hijacked planes struck New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Steven Kay, an international criminal lawyer, has criticised the legal process along with other defence lawyers and human rights groups.
* The term show trial is a pejorative description of a type of highly public trial in which there is a strong connotation that the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt of the defendant. The actual trial has as its only goal to present the accusation and the verdict to the public as an impressive example and as a warning. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than correctionaljustice. The term was first recorded in the 1930s.