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Moussaoui Case May Have to Shift From U.S. Court to Tribunal

The Justice Department is trying to salvage the civilian prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui after a court order issued secretly last week that could compel the government to place him before a military tribunal instead, administration officials say. Mr. Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent charged with conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, faces the death penalty in a trial that is scheduled to begin in June. In the ruling at a private hearing last week, officials said, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., granted a request by Mr. Moussaoui’s lawyers that they be allowed to question a captured Qaeda suspect, Ramzi bin al-Shibh. Full Story

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