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Jan 31, 2010 9:59 AM by Associated Press

Gibbs: Accused 9/11 plotter likely to be executed

Accused Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is likely to be executed after being tried and convicted, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday.

Gibbs spoke on CNN's "State of the Union." The Obama administration has begun looking for places other than the heart of New York City to prosecute Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators in the face of fierce criticism tied to security and costs.

Presidential adviser David Axelrod says the Obama administration hasn't decided where it will try Mohammed.

The administration said late last year that Mohammed and other conspirators would go on trial in a federal civilian court in New York City. But that plan has run into resistance now from city officials.

Axelrod says the administration must take into consideration such local opposition. He says no decision has been made about where a trial will take place.

 

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