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Moussaoui trial canceled pending appeal

A federal judge Wednesday canceled the June trial of accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui pending an appeal by prosecutors of an earlier sealed order. The trial could be rescheduled after the appeal, but no date has been set. Moussaoui, 33, is the only person held in U.S. civil custody and charged with plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000 people. Acting as his own attorney, Moussaoui has admitted in open court to belonging to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaida network and to being a terrorist, but continues to deny involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks. Facing multiple counts of terrorism and conspiracy, Moussaoui could receive the death penalty if convicted. In a Jan. 31 order, Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema granted a defense request under seal that the federal prosecutors immediately appealed and requested a stay of the June trial date. Full Story

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