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Khalid Sheikh Mohmmed and four other Gitmo detainees with suspected ties to the 9/11 attacks are coming to New York. The five men will stand trial in a civilian court, just blocks from where the World Trade Center stood.
The decision was announced today by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who said he expects the government to seek the death penalty in the case.
"After eight years of delay, those allegedly responsible for the attacks of Sept. the 11th will finally face justice," Holder said.
Some family members of 9/11 victims welcomed the decision, others disagreed.
"I'm very, very disappointed in the government," Anne Ielpi told CNN, whose son, Jonathan, a firefighter, was killed in the WTC's south tower. "It definitely should have been finished in Cuba," she added in reference to her support of a military trial, instead of a civilian ruling.
Dozens of family members of 9/11 victims have also signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Pres. Obama and Secretary of State Robert Gates opposing the civilian trial.
"It is incomprehensible to us that members of the United States Congress would propose that the same men who today refer to the murder of our loved ones as a 'blessed day' and who targeted the United States Capitol for the same kind of destruction that was wrought in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, should be the beneficiaries of a social compact of which they are not a part, do not recognize, and which they seek to destroy: the United States Constitution," the letter said.
But Valerie Lucznikowska, whose nephew died in the attacks, approves of the decision to put the men on trial in a New York federal courthouse.
"Here we can see what's going on. Everyone in the world can see what's going on," she said.
John Leinung, whose stepson, Paul Battaglia, worked in the WTC north tower, also agrees with the decision.
"I think our traditional court system is very capable of convicting guilty people," he told CNN.
Attorney General Holder was asked today how would assure family members of those killed in the attacks that the men would not be freed on a technicality.
"I am a prosecutor myself. I've looked at the evidence. I've considered the problems that these cases present. And I am quite confident that we're going to be successful in the prosecution efforts," he said.
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