Secret surveillance issue in Fla. terror case

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Associated Press

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 7:36 AM

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Miami is going to privately examine materials from secret U.S. surveillance programs before holding a hearing on whether two brothers accused of plotting to detonate bombs in New York City have a right to see it.

Lawyers for Pakistani-born Raees and Sheheryar Alam Qazi insist they should be allowed to see any such evidence. Prosecutors say the brothers have that right only if the evidence will be used against them at trial, which in this case it will not.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John O'Sullivan says he will go through the classified materials before hearing public argument about the issue.

The Qazi brothers have pleaded not guilty to several terror-related charges. Authorities say they plotted to blow up New York landmarks to avenge deaths overseas from U.S. drones.

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