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Defense Teams Seek Access to an Operative for Al Qaeda

A dispute has arisen over whether lawyers for defendants in a terrorism case in Manhattan should be granted access to the son of the sheik who was convicted in 1995 in a plot to blow up New York landmarks, a new court document shows. The son, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, was with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001, a federal indictment says. News reports have said that he was captured there in late 2001, and has since been held at Guantánamo Bay with other detainees. The request to interview him was made by lawyers for Ahmed Abdel Sattar, who faces trial in Federal District Court along with the New York lawyer Lynne F. Stewart, and an Arabic translator. All three defendants have been charged with supporting terrorism, and have pleaded not guilty. Full Story

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