Lawyers allowed to question Khalid Sheik Mohammed

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) 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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