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White House backs away from 9/11 trial in Manhattan

White House backs away from 9/11 trial in Manhattan

The White House looked likely to reverse course on plans to bring the alleged plotters of the September 11 attacks to trial at a Manhattan courthouse, amid mounting and bipartisan opposition.
The Obama administration "was considering other options," an administration official told reporter, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Conversations have occurred within the administration to discuss contingency options should the possibility of a trial in lower Manhattan be foreclosed upon by Congress or locally."
The plan, controversial since its announcement, united a range of critics who opposed bringing high-profile alleged terrorists to a court steps from Ground Zero, citing emotional distress, security risks and the projected price tag.
Several alternative locations have already been floated, including towns outside New York City, a federal prison in Otisville and Stewart Air National Guard Base.
But each comes with its own logistical problems, meaning a quick solution is unlikely.


Updated : 2021-06-23 11:44 GMT+08:00