President Joe Biden Has Rejected Several Conditions Sought By Five
Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners had presented several conditions as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. If the US Government agreed to these conditions, they would be pleading guilty to charges of conspiring in the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11. President Joe Biden has rejected all of the conditions that they seek.
What Do Reports Say?
As reported by the New York Times reported yesterday, the five prisoners are a part of the al Qaeda militant group. Among the five prisoners is a man called Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Khalid is an al Qaeda militant. The United States government has reasons to believe that he is the principal architect of the attacks.
The US government has reached a plea agreement with the prisoners in which they seek something in return. They could be spared the death penalty if they admitted guilt. Instead, they would be getting a life prison term.
List Of Conditions
However, matters did not remain that simple. The defendants gave the government a list of conditions. According to them, they were not willing to serve life sentences in solitary confinement. The list of conditions also stated that they wanted to eat and pray with other inmates.
The White House officials have said that Biden consulted with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. His recommendation was to not to accept the conditions. This is known as joint policy principles and serves as a basis for plea deals.
White House Says
“The 9/11 attacks were the single worst assault on the United States since Pearl Harbor. The president does not believe that accepting the joint policy principles as a basis for a pre-trial agreement would be appropriate in these circumstances,” a White House official said.
He added, “The administration is committed to ensuring that the military commissions process is fair and delivers justice to the victims, survivors, families, and those accused of crimes.”
The 9/11 attacks were devastating for the citizens of the United States. More than 3,000 people were killed. The attacks were carried out by a hijacked plane by al Qaeda militants. They had crashed the jets into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City.