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Mar 18, 2014 11:39 AM by Associated Press

Judge bars 9/11 mastermind's testimony in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has barred testimony from the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks at the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.

At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected a request by defense lawyers. They'd sought to call Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (HAH'-leed shayk moh-HAH'-mehd) as a witness at the terrorism trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH').

Mohammed is detained at Guantanamo Bay. He had said in a statement in response to questions from Abu Ghaith's defense lawyers that he wouldn't testify.

Abu Ghaith has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill Americans. His trial is set to continue on Wednesday.



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