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Judge Rejects Alternatives to Moussaoui Access

A federal judge has rejected the U.S. government’s alternatives to allowing accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to question two al Qaeda captives who might clear him, court documents released on Tuesday said. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in a two-page order dated on Monday called the government’s proposal “inadequate substitutes” for the depositions she ordered at the end of last month. Moussaoui seeks to question Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the hijacked plane attacks, and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, named in the Moussaoui indictment and alleged to be one of the financiers of the attacks. Brinkema has said the detainees likely will be able to provide testimony that could help Moussaoui’s case and that he has a constitutional right to present that testimony at trial. She had given the federal government until Sept. 10 to say whether it planned to allow the questioning. Full Story

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