Bin Laden relative seeks interview for NY trial

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former spokesman asked a judge Tuesday to let them interview accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed prior to a terrorism trial scheduled to begin this month.

The lawyers for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith filed papers with U.S. District JudgeLewis A. Kaplan in New York saying that Mohammed was “the most qualified person alive” to tell them whether Abu Ghaith knew of any al-Qaeda terrorist operations or was part of any conspiracy to kill Americans.

Abu Ghaith is set for trial this month on charges that he conspired to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

James Margolin, a prosecutor’s spokesman, declined to comment on the defense request...


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