SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The U.S. military says it's ready to resume the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with planning and aiding the Sept. 11 attacks.
A Pentagon legal official has signed off on trying them together at the U.S. base in Cuba. That means the military has 30 days from Wednesday to arraign the prisoners on charges that include terrorism and murder. They could get the death penalty if convicted.
Defense lawyers were hoping two men would be tried separately on non-capital charges, arguing the pair are accused of relatively minor roles.
President Barack Obama halted the previous trial and wanted them prosecuted in civilian court. Congress opposed the move and the administration was forced to shift it back to Guantanamo.
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