A terrorist identified as the architect of the 9/11 attacks, along with four other co-conspirators, may have their death penalties overturned, the Pentagon has revealed.
The Department of Defense and the FBI alerted several 9/11 victims’ families that the terrorists who murdered nearly 3,000 Americans may have their death sentences overturned through plea deals.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who suggested the 9/11 attacks to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and then planned the attacks, has been incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay detention center for years.
He has been held at Gitmo along with four other 9/11 terrorists who are also supposed to be facing the death penalty.
However, repeated delays and legal disputes have postponed the death penalty being applied.
No trial date has been set.
“The Office of the Chief Prosecutor has been negotiating and is considering entering into pre-trial agreements,” the August 1 letter sent to the families stated.
It stated that although no plea deal has “been finalized, and may never be finalized, it is possible that a PTA, in this case, would remove the possibility of the death penalty.”
The families were given until Monday, August 21, to respond to the FBI’s victim services division with any comments