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Moussaoui Banned From Closed Hearing

A federal appeals court will not allow Zacarias Moussaoui to argue in person that he should have access to al-Qaida prisoners, who potentially could help his defense against charges that he conspired with the Sept. 11 hijackers. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the May 6 hearing closed because classified information will be discussed. The court issued a one-page order Wednesday denying Moussaoui’s request to appear in person at the hearing. In his handwritten motion, Moussaoui said the court was “denying the most basic right to be heard.” The government placed the issue before the appeals court, after U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that Moussaoui should have access to al-Qaida captive Ramzi Binalshibh. Moussaoui, accused of conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to commit terrorism, has argued that Binalshibh has information that could aid his defense. Full Story

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