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Germany withholds Sept. 11 suspect's evidence in trial of alleged co-plotter

The German government refuses to turn over statements by a key al-Qaida suspect in the Sept. 11 plot as evidence in the Hamburg trial of a man accused of aiding the suicide pilots, citing a secrecy agreement with the CIA, according to letters presented in court Wednesday. Defense lawyers sought the evidence in the first trial of a Sept. 11 suspect — Mounir el Motassadeq, a Moroccan charged with membership in the Hamburg terror cell that included lead hijacker Mohamed Atta. At issue are interrogation records of Ramzi Binalshibh, in U.S. custody since his capture in Pakistan on last year’s anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Defense lawyers argue his statements could be critical because he knew all members of the Hamburg group, including el Motassadeq. Full Story

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