Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is accused of being one of the main architects of 9/11, appears to have become part of a case against Saudi Arabia in an attempt to avoid the death penalty. Mohammed, who previously expressed his desire to die as a martyr, changed his tone to avoid a death sentence at the hands of a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, where he is currently housed.
A lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New York by victims of the 9/11 attacks alleged Saudi Arabia was complicit in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people nearly 18 years ago.
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Mohammed's request to be spared a life of co-operation in a trial is clearly contrary to his previous desire to die as a martyr. At a hearing in 2008 at Guantanamo Bay, Mohammed told a military judge: "I trust in Allah." When the judge informed him that he could be sentenced to death for his crimes, Mohammed corrected the judge, saying that it was not the death penalty but "martyrdom" and: "This is what I want. I wanted to be martyred for a long time."  In addition to his involvement in the deaths of thousands on September 11, Mohammed is suspected of involvement in dozens of other terrorist attacks around the world, including the abduction and killing of Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, Muhammad confessed to many other crimes, though e have many of them can not be proven. Since Pearl's death in 2008, Mohammed said, "I have blessed with my blessed right hand the head of American Jew Daniel Pearl in Karachi, Pakistan." He also provided photographic evidence to show the undercover individual in the photo with Pearl's murdered body to share several of Mohammed's physical characteristics.
Mohammed was probably born in Pakistan in 1964 or 1965. He is also believed to have lived in Kuwait, where he joined the Muslim Brotherhood. Mohammed attended colleges at North Carolina Chowan University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1986. He was reported to be radicalized shortly after his time in the United States
Living in Qatar in 1996, the United States demanded that Mohammed be transferred over suspicion of terrorist activity. Qatar, a longtime rival of Saudi Arabia, has chosen instead to flee to Afghanistan. Mohammed said in a statement in 2007 to the Tribunal Review Tribunal: "I was responsible for the operation on 9/11 from A to Z