Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
In this pool photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, the self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with his gray beard streaked with reddish-orange dye, unfurls a prayer rug during a break in the proceedings of the pretrial hearings at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba on Aug. 19, 2013.  Janet Hamlin—AP

Military Judge Cancels Hearing for September 11 Suspects

Aug 16, 2015

A military judge has cancelled an upcoming pretrial hearing for September 11 suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, according to a Reuters report.

The judge cited lingering issues related to conflict of interest, according to a Defense Department spokesperson. The defense attorneys said they had been spied on by the FBI, an occurrence which created a conflict of interest between the lawyers and their clients.

The cancellation marks a setback for government officials who hope to prosecute remaining Guantanamo prisoners. The five defendants were captured more than a decade ago but have yet to face trial.

If convicted, they could be sentenced to death.

[Reuters]

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.