GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — A previous FBI agent testified that alleged 9/eleven conspirator Mustafa Ahmad al Hawsawi had financial transactions with Mohammad Atta, accused of traveling the initially airplane into the Planet Trade Center, and that al Hawasi showed no regret for the deaths of People on the planes.
Testifying Wednesday during a pretrial listening to, previous FBI Distinctive Agent Abigail Perkins, whose career has targeted on al-Qaida, discovered bank statements and other financial documents that showed transactions concerning al Hawsawi, and at the very least two of the “pilot hijackers,” Atta and Fayez Bani Hammad. Pilot hijackers took about the aircraft, though “muscle mass hijackers” mainly subdued travellers and flight attendants.
The financial documents showed dates of transactions as late as one particular working day ahead of the 4 attacks on Sept. eleven, which killed 2,976 folks.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 4 other defendants — al Hawsawi, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al Shibh, and Ammar al Baluchi, also referred to as Ali Abd al Aziz Ali — were arraigned in 2009, and pretrial proceedings began in 2012.
The 5 defendants are becoming jointly attempted on charges including terrorism, conspiracy and murder beneath the legislation of war. They confront the death penalty if convicted.
In a 2007 Combatant Standing Evaluation Tribunal Listening to transcript, the highest-profile defendant, Mohammed, stated that he was “liable for the 9/eleven attacks from A to Z,” and that he was also liable for 30 other attacks or attempts.
The scenario in opposition to al Baluchi and al Hawsawi is targeted on their part in the financial aid of the attacks.
The prosecution also released video clip proof relating to the marriage concerning al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and previous attacks directed toward the United States, mainly the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa. In a 1997 interview, bin Laden explained to CNN’s Peter Arnett, “You may see them and hear about them in the media, God keen” when questioned about his future ideas.
Bin Laden posted a fatwa — an view on troubles about Islamic legislation specified by an authoritative determine — declaring war on the United States, citing the existence of American troops in Saudi Arabia and America’s aid of Israel.
A few months later on, two U.S. embassies in East Africa were bombed.
Perkins labored on both the FBI’s 9/eleven investigation and part of the investigations of the two embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in which 224 folks were killed, including 12 People.
Perkins testified about the involvement of al-Qaida in the embassy bombings and the alleged financial ties concerning 9/eleven co-conspirator al Hawsawi and some of the hijackers.
Perkins stated she interviewed al Hawsawi 4 instances and he appeared to give his solutions voluntarily and did not appear to be beneath duress.
When questioned what al Hawsawi’s response was to these killed in the 9/eleven attacks, Perkins answered, “He stated that he did not consider about the deaths of the folks.”
The next working day of witness testimony for the prosecution was read beneath motion AE 502, a motion designed by the protection to drop all charges in the scenario for a absence of private jurisdiction that the Military services Commissions Council has about al Hawsawi because of to the absence of hostilities.
In purchase for the defendants to be attempted by the Military services Commissions, the prosecution has to prove that hostilities concerning al-Qaida and the United States existed ahead of the 9/eleven attacks.
The motion was submitted for both al Hawsawi and al Baluchi. Having said that, the choose separated the two defendants and this week’s emphasis is on al Hawsawi.
James Connell, protection legal professional for al Baluchi, stated Tuesday he believes the prosecution system would be to establish a conspiracy and then begin to attach folks to that conspiracy.
Walter Ruiz, protection legal professional for al Hawsawi, stated Sunday he hopes the private jurisdiction motion will finish with the Commissions dropping the charges in opposition to al Hawsawi. Having said that, if the scenario is to continue to be with the Commissions, Ruiz stated that he hopes the defendant will be separated from the other 4 accused co-conspirators.
Severing al Hawsawi from the group has been unsuccessfully tried by Ruiz in the earlier, but could continue to be a risk as the practically 6-yr pretrial hearings shift ahead.
Ruiz is scheduled to cross study Perkins and Fitzgerald on Thursday.