GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The arraignment of five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks got off to a rocky start on Saturday when the defendants removed their earphones and refused to listen to a translation of the judge's questions.
Star defendant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks, refused to respond to the judge's questions about whether he was satisfied with his US military and civilian lawyers.
"I believe Mr. Mohammed will decline to address the court. I believe he's deeply concerned about the fairness of the proceeding," said his civilian lawyer, David Nevin.
Mohammed looked haggard and his full, scraggly beard had a reddish tinge. He wore a round white turban and white tunic.