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U.S. Trial Unlikely for 9/11 Mastermind, Washington Post Says

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Al-Qaeda commander Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears in undated photos released to the media in 2008. Source: FBI via Bloomberg News

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, may remain behind bars without trial indefinitely because of disagreement over his trial location, according to the Washington Post.

The Obama administration has concluded it can’t go ahead with its original plan to have the trial in federal court in New York because of opposition from lawmakers and local officials, the Post said. There is little support for reviving an effort to hold a military trial at Guantanamo Bay, according to the Post.

Obama administration officials said Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators can be held under laws of war, until a trial location is agreed on, the newspaper reported.

The Post report came after Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters on Nov. 10 the Obama administration was close to selecting a trial location. Holder said the administration didn’t make a decision on whether the accused should be tried in a civilian court or before a military commission.

To contact the reporter on this story: Traci McMillan in Washington at tmcmillan1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva in Washington at msilva34@bloomberg.net

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