A key US senator urged Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to swiftly try the accused 9/11 co-plotters in military tribunals, decrying plans for a civilian trial as a "logistical nightmare."
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who co-authored a draft bill to block any public funding to try the alleged mastermind of the 2001 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, and his four co-accused within the US federal court system, said it was "unacceptable" that Holder had yet to decide where to hold the trial.
President Barack Obama's administration initially announced plans to prosecute the men in New York, just steps from Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center destroyed in the attacks which killed almost 3,000 people.
But the plans were met with howls of protest from lawmakers and New York residents, prompting the federal government to backtrack, saying its decision was under review.
Graham recalled that Holder said in April that "New York is not off the table" as a trial venue for the group of five accused plotters just steps from where the World Trade Center and its world-renowned Twin Towers once stood, with a decision expected "in a number of weeks."
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