Trial for men accused of plotting 9/11 attacks gets early 2021 start date

WASHINGTON — There is a start date for the war crimes trial of five men held at the Guantanamo Bay prison on charges of planning and aiding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A military judge says the death-penalty case will start Jan. 11, 2021. Air Force Col. Shane Cohen set the date in a scheduling order issued Friday. The order also lays out a number of other deadlines in a case that has been bogged down in pretrial litigation since the five defendants were arraigned in May 2012.

The U.S. has charged the five with war crimes that include terrorism, hijacking and nearly 3,000 counts of murder for their alleged roles planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 plot.

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