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Defense Is Told of Missing Transcripts in Embassy Bombings Case

The government has told lawyers for four men convicted in a major terrorism trial in Manhattan in 2001 that it failed to turn over 647 pages of transcripts of recorded interviews with a crucial government witness, new court filings show. The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said in one court document that it had only recently discovered the existence of the recordings, which it said were made without its knowledge by the United States Marshals Service. Prosecutors have since given the transcripts to the defense, another court filing shows. The four men were convicted of conspiring with Osama bin Laden in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, which killed 224 people and wounded thousands. Prosecutors said in the filing that they expect the defense to try to argue for a new trial on grounds that the statements should have been produced before the witness testified. The defense, in a separate court document, said it expected to make such a filing, but would need time to read and analyze the transcripts. “Since the witness was critical to the government’s case at trial, the process is of extreme importance,” a defense lawyer, Joshua L. Dratel, wrote. Full Story

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