Gov't: Lawyers can interview alleged 9/11 plotter

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government says alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed can be interviewed by defense lawyers for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, but set conditions that may block it from happening.

The approval was announced Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan 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 Department of Justice and Department of Defense lawyers 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.

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