NYC. police preparing for Sept. 11 trial

Nov. 14, 2009 at 2:18 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says additional security precautions have been taken in preparation for the upcoming Sept. 11 terror trial.

The New York Daily News reported Saturday the enhanced security plans were created in advance of suspected terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four fellow defendants appearing in a New York court on charges they took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

"It's highly appropriate that those accused in the deaths of nearly 3,000 human beings in New York City be tried here, and the NYPD is prepared for the security required," Kelly said, referring to the terrorist attacks that took down the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

While courthouse security will fall to U.S. marshals, city police will team with the FBI to secure the prisoners during transport.

The Daily News said in addition to transporting the suspected terrorists to the courthouse via an underground tunnel, police will post snipers on area rooftops and institute lock-down zones and canine posts to prevent disruptions to the trial.

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