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Judge: 2 more detainees cast doubt on Moussaoui 9/11 link

Two more captured Al Qaeda operatives likely can bolster the claim of Zacarias Moussaoui that he was not involved in the Sept. 11 conspiracy, according to a federal judge who has reviewed their interrogations. The revelations, made in court papers unsealed Wednesday, mean there are now three captured Al Qaeda lieutenants who have told interrogators that Moussaoui, the only person charged in the U.S. with involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, was not connected to the plot. The disclosures are certain to intensify the unprecedented legal tug of war playing out in Moussaoui’s case, pitting the government’s claims of national security against the constitutional right of a defendant to gain access to evidence that could exonerate him. The stakes are high for both sides. The case offers the government its only venue so far to prosecute Al Qaeda for the 2001 attacks in a civilian court. Moussaoui faces a possible death sentence if convicted. Full Story

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