President Barack Obama moved to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp on Tuesday, ordering military prosecutors to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants, according to Financial Times.
The camp that opened in 2002 currently has about 250 detainees.
We welcome our new commander-in-chief and this first step towards restoring the rule of law, Major Jon Jackson, a military defense lawyer at Guantanamo representing Musafa al-Hawsawi, told the Financial Times.
The request is expected to be ruled on today by a military judge at Guantanamo, to halt the trial of Mohammed and other alleged 9/11 conspirators.
In a different case, yesterday a different judge granted request to halt the trial of a Canadian citizen, Omar Khadr, captured at fifteen-years old in Afghanistan in 2002.