9/11 suspects delay pleas pending mental hearings

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Three alleged 9/11 plotters who say they want to make confessions at their war-crimes trial have postponed entering pleas until the military determines their co-defendants are mentally competent.

A military judge prevented two of the defendants from entering pleas over concerns about their mental fitness.

The alleged mastermind of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, says he is ready to confess but will wait until all five can respond in unison. "We want everyone to plea together," he said.

A letter from all five co-defendants Monday says they are giving up their defense even though they face the death penalty.

Mohammed has said before that he wants to be executed so that he can become a martyr.