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Judge: Al-Qaeda pair can be questioned

Accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui has a constitutional right to obtain testimony from two captured al-Qaeda operatives because they could provide evidence that he was not part of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled last week that the government must make the operatives available for videotaped depositions by Moussaoui and his attorneys. Sources close to the case identified the two operatives as Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Mustafa al-Hawsawi, the plot’s alleged money man. A heavily redacted or blacked out version of her 15-page order was made public Wednesday. Earlier this year, Brinkema ruled that Moussaoui could question Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, another captured al-Qaeda operative who allegedly sent money to Moussaoui and some of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers. Bin al-Shibh, Mohammed and al-Hawsawi are in U.S. custody at undisclosed locations overseas. Full Story

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