GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Alleged 9/11 go-between Ramzi bin al Shibh refused to leave his prison camp cell Monday, triggering a clash on how to hold a pretrial hearing in the complex conspiracy case for which prosecutors seek the death penalty.
The standoff produced an eerie scene at the war court. Confessed mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed sat at the lead defense table amiably chatting across the state-of-the-art courtroom with three of his alleged co-conspirators.
White noise broadcast through war court speakers made the alleged terrorists' conversations inaudible.
All four former CIA-held captives compliantly wore the white uniforms of the prison camp.
Mohammed, who at his June arraignment said he welcomed martyrdom, could be plainly seen in a massive gray-speckled beard sitting at the defendants table. He sported a white turban with black trim.
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