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9/11 mastermind offers to be defense witness

Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:34 AM

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged mastermind in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks offered to be a defense witness in the New York trial of an alleged terrorist.

Sulaiman abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, is likely to be the only person who goes on trial -- which begins next week -- in New York in the Sept. 11 attacks, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Mohammed agreed in a Jan. 27 letter to be interviewed by Abu Ghaith's defense attorneys with the condition that federal prosecutors and military lawyers aren't allowed to listen in or monitor the conversation.

Stanley Cohen, Abu Ghaith's lawyer, insists Mohammed be allowed to speak in court through a live closed-circuit feed from Guantanamo Bay, where Mohammed is imprisoned.

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