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US, Moussaoui to Argue Over Access in Appeals Court

Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui will urge an appeals court on Tuesday to let him question a captured al Qaeda operative whom the accused Sept. 11 conspirator says can prove he was not involved in the attack. In a hearing that could determine whether the trial continues in civilian court, government lawyers who brought the case to the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, will argue against allowing access to the al Qaeda operative. Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, will speak for the government in oral arguments beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. Moussaoui, who has been representing himself at the district court, will not be present but his court-appointed attorneys will argue on his behalf. The arguments will be open to the public for 40 minutes but a one-hour closed-door session will deal with classified information. Full Story

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