AG Holder visits NY to inspect 9/11 trial security

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2009 5:05 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder made an unannounced visit to a Manhattan courthouse Wednesday to inspect security for the pending trial of the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Holder inspected the federal jail and nearby courthouse where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others are due to stand trial on charges they plotted the September 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The five suspects have been held for years at the military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Holder announced last month they would be tried as civilians, blocks from the World Trade Center site.

Holder also met with the prosecution team preparing the case, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

"We have a robust plan to hold these trials safely and securely and there's broad agreement that we can do that," Miller said.

A Holder spokesman said the attorney general also met with New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Joseph Guccione, head of the U.S. Marshals Service that provides security for the courthouse.

A trial date has not yet been set.