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Lawyers allowed to question Khalid Sheik Mohammed

NEW YORK — A New York judge says self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed can be made available to answer written questions from lawyers for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan issued an order Wednesday after the government and lawyers for defendant Sulaiman Abu Ghaith agreed Mohammed can answer written questions.

Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after 9/11. His attorney Stanley Cohen has said the interview will determine whether Mohammed would be an appropriate witness for his client’s trial. The trial starts a week from Monday.

Cohen resorted to written questions after saying the government was too restrictive in its demands for an in-person interview. Mohammed is held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.



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