‘Tremendous blemish’: No trial decades after Sept 11 attacks

Relatives of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks have long hoped a trial would bring closure and perhaps resolve unanswered questions.

September 11
Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes on September 11, 2001 in New York City [Craig Allen/Getty Images]

Hours before dawn on March 1, 2003, the United States scored its most thrilling victory yet against the plotters of the September 11 attacks – the capture of a dishevelled Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, hauled away by intelligence agents from a hideout in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.