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Who are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other accused terrorists?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others are to stand trial in New York. Here's the evidence federal prosecutors will use against them.

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When he appeared at his combat status review tribunal in March 2007, Ali admitted transferring money to one of the hijackers, but he denied any knowledge that an Al-Qaeda operation was underway.

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"When Marwan al-Shehhi approached me, he never declared himself as 'hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi.' He approached me the same way he approached other individuals and companies in the US – a man wanting to do business," Ali said, according to a transcript of the hearing.

He said he was asked by his uncle to conduct a series of business transactions. He assumed the participants were businessmen. Ali said he had no knowledge of Al-Qaeda or his uncle's involvement with Al-Qaeda.

"He never mentioned it to me," Ali said.

Ali told the tribunal he had never traveled to Afghanistan and never met Osama Bin Laden.

He said he was tricked into assisting Al-Qaeda through his own ignorance in the same way that US banks, flight schools, rental car companies, and property managers were tricked.

Ali's 2007 tribunal accepted a written statement from Ali's uncle Mohammed. "Any dealings he had with Al-Qaeda were through me," Mohammed said in the statement. "I used him for business dealings. He had no knowledge of any Al-Qaeda links."

In his statement, Mohammed took responsibility for the money transfers himself.

"I moved money to Mohammed Atta and Ramzi [Bin al-Shibh] in Germany to support the 9/11 attacks," Mohammed said. "I don't remember using [Ali] for the 9/11 hijackers. I used mostly Hawsawi in 2000 and 2001."

Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi

He is believe to be one of Al-Qaeda's money men for the 9/11 operation. He allegedly shared a United Arab Emirates-based bank account with one of the hijackers. This provided living expenses for the hijackers immediately prior to the terror attacks. Two of the hijackers returned $18,000 in unused funds directly to al-Hawsawi in the last days before the attacks. He allegedly followed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's instructions and wired thousands of dollars to Bin al-Shibh in the summer of 2001.

At the time of his capture in Pakistan, Hawsawi was in possession of a laptop computer containing Al-Qaeda expense reports, family information for Al-Qaeda operatives, Al-Qaeda casualty lists, and family allowance information.

In a March 2007 appearance before his combat status review tribunal at Guantánamo, Hawsawi denied knowledge of many of the computer files. He said several individuals in the Al-Qaeda safe house were downloading information into the same computer.

But he also admitted receiving money from hijackers Mohammed Atta and Waleed Al-Shehri shortly before the 9/11 attacks. He said he first learned of the 9/11 operation on that day. He said he was told by Ramzi Bin al-Shibh and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to return immediately to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates.

Hawsawi admitted meeting four of the hijackers in the UAE and communicating with Atta. But he denied transferring money to them.

He said he had met Osama Bin Laden four or five times but had never taken a loyalty oath. He insisted he was not a member of Al-Qaeda.

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