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Moussaoui Judge Prods U.S. to Produce al Qaeda Witness

A federal judge gave prosecutors until Monday to decide whether to comply with her ruling that granted alleged Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui access to a key al Qaeda witness. Yesterday’s order by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria does not necessarily mean that prosecutors must decide before then whether to defy the judge and refuse to turn over the witness, Ramzi Binalshibh, for a deposition by Moussaoui and his legal team. Brinkema ordered the deposition in late January, and government officials have repeatedly said they would not comply. Federal prosecutors still have the option of going back to a federal appeals court and asking it to reconsider its dismissal of their appeal of Brinkema’s ruling. Two government officials said that is the Justice Department’s most likely next step, although it was not clear whether a decision has been made. Full Story

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