Nuremberg, Tribunals And 'Justice And The Enemy'

In his book, Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, British journalist William Shawcross says the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after World War II created a template for the trial of future war crimes. And Shawcross offers a unique perspective — his father was chief prosecutor for the United Kingdom at Nuremberg.

In Justice and the Enemy, Shawcroft considers the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, who's being held in Guantanamo prison and will be tried in a military commission. And while Shawcross admits military tribunals have weaknesses, he says there is no better option for bringing Mohammed to justice.

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