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3 Sept. 11 suspects skip their hearing

Military judge ruled it OK for men held in Cuba

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Three of the five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks skipped their military tribunal hearing Tuesday after a judge ruled the men could not be forced to attend the session.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed 9/11 mastermind, was absent as attorneys delved into a dense debate on legal motions, including rules for handling classified evidence at trial.

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