NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government says accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed can be interviewed by New York defense lawyers for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, but it set conditions that may block it from happening.
The approval was announced in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday by a prosecutor in the case brought against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH). Defense lawyer Stanley Cohen says the government's insistence that lawyers for the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense attend the interview could be a deal breaker.
Abu Ghaith goes on trial this month on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Cohen says defense lawyers want to interview Mohammed because they may want to call him as a witness.