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Moussaoui Lawyers Claim Papers Misleading

Prosecutors doctored interrogation statements from an al-Qaida leader and submitted them to a court after mixing, matching and reorganizing the material, lawyers for terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui contend. Moussaoui’s trial judge rejected the submission as a proposed substitute for a court-approved interview of the captive leader by Moussaoui. The lawyers called the submission a concocted script that patched together separate statements from suspected Sept. 11 coordinator Ramzi Binalshibh. “To make the substitute flow the government added in its own transitional phrasing,” according to the written brief filed last month and kept secret until released in an edited form Wednesday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Moussaoui does not cooperate with his court-appointed defense team, which remains in the case even though the lone U.S. defendant from the Sept. 11 attacks is representing himself before the trial court. Full Story

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