Accused September 11 attacker expelled from Guantanamo courtroom
FORT MEADE, Maryland (REUTERS) - An accused conspirator in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington was expelled from a courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal on Tuesday for being disruptive.
During a pre-trial hearing in the death penalty case, Army Colonel Judge James Pohl discussed with the five defendants their right to be present during the courtroom proceedings.
Each of the defendants said he understood his rights until the judge asked Ramzi Binalshibh, who is accused of wiring money to Sept 11 hijackers and passing information to key al Qaeda operatives.
Binalshibh initially said he did not understand, but then started to complain about his prison cell conditions. He said guards intentionally made banging sounds that kept him awake at night.