WASHINGTON - Al-Qaeda Commander Khaled Sheikh Mohammad, appearing at a Military Tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said he would welcome the martyrdom of execution for masterminding the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, according to reports in US media. "This is what I wish," Khaled Sheikh, speaking in English, told a judge who warned that he might be executed if convicted. "I am looking to be martyred for a long time." Khaled, 43, said he was rejecting legal representation and will defend himself. "Nothing shall befall us, save for what Allah has ordained for us." Khaled, who was arrested in Rawalpindi, is identified in the 9/11 Commission report as the 'principal architect' of the strikes. He is accused of murder with four co-defendants who also appeared in court. The charges carry the death penalty. Khaled said he and his co-defendants were tortured following their capture by US forces and now face a proceeding that 'is inquisition, it is not trial'. "After torturing, they transferred us to inquisition land in Guantanamo," he said. "We don't have a right to anything." Robert Swann, a civilian Defence Department lawyer, told Presiding Judge Marine Colonel Ralph Kohlmann that the charges, translated into Arabic, were served on each defendant on May 21. AFP adds: "Allah is all sufficient for me," Khaled Sheikh Muhammad, a Pakistani national, told the hearing at Guantanamo Bay. His appearance on Thursday is the first time he has been seen in public since his capture in Pakistan on March 1, 2003. Dressed in white but not handcuffed, he appeared along with four alleged co-conspirators at the hearing at the controversial US naval base in southern Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He and his alleged co-conspirators, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, Wallid bin Attash and Mustapha al-Hawsawi have been charged for their role in the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon which killed some 3,000 people. Wallid bin Attash, a second alleged co-plotter in the attacks, said he wanted to be made a martyr and die at the hands of the Americans as he threw out his defence team. "You killed my brother who was younger than me during the war, and this is my wish to be in your hands," Wallid bin Attash told a military hearing at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "I don't want anybody to represent me, I will represent myself," he said on the opening day of the hearing here in which five men are accused on charges arising out of the 2001 attacks. "I am a Muslim and I reject this session. The lawyers will stay here and be available to help me if I need, but I will represent myself." The judge opened the military commission by saying the government would consider any statements by the five as confidential because of their detentions in secret CIA prisons. "Any statement by any of the detainees is presumptively classified," Kohlmann said. Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann, legal advisor to the military commissions, said the defence team had been granted "extraordinary" rights. But he noted that if they are acquitted, the suspects could still continue to be held until the end of the so-called "war on terror". "This is a fundamentally flawed process and we will zealously identify and expose each and every one (of its flaws). Our nation deserves better than this," countered chief defence counsel Colonel Steven David. A village of tents has been set up on an old landing strip to accommodate the journalists and other visitors who have travelled to Cuba for the hearing.