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U.S. Says Judge Can't Let Moussaoui Attend Hearing

Prosecutors on Wednesday opposed a U.S. judge’s order allowing Zacarias Moussaoui to attend a closed-door hearing, saying it might result in the disclosure of classified information to a man accused of conspiring in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

In a filing to the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, prosecutors vehemently opposed District Judge Leonie Brinkema’s Jan. 28 order which said Moussaoui may attend a classified May 7 hearing to hear arguments on whether Moussaoui can question Ramzi bin al-Shaibah, an al Qaeda member suspected of coordinating the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people. Sources close to the case say that if the government was forced to allow Moussaoui access to bin al-Shaibah, they may decide to drop the criminal charges and try him before a military tribunal. Moussaoui has said bin al-Shaibah will help prove he was not involved in the attacks. Full Story

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