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Moussaoui prosecutors wary of tribunal

Federal prosecutors handling the case against accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui are worried that U.S. allies could refuse to extradite suspected terrorists to the United States if they were prosecuted by military tribunals, according to court papers made public Tuesday. Trials by military tribunal are viewed with skepticism by many U.S. allies because defendants have fewer rights and the rules of evidence are less stringent. In addition, several countries, including France and Germany, often refuse to extradite suspects to the USA if they face a death sentence. Legal analysts say U.S. officials could decide to move Moussaoui’s case — and those of other alleged terrorists caught in the future — to military tribunals if prosecutors lose an appeal of an order by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema. She ruled in January that Moussaoui and his standby defense lawyers could conduct a videotaped deposition of Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, 31, a captured al-Qaeda operative. Full Story

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