Defense: FBI probe in 9/11 trial has implications


FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The defense team for five people accused before a Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal says implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering" and is calling on the court to aggressively probe the incident.

In an emergency motion unsealed Wednesday, the defense team states that on April 6 two agents for the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force appeared at the home of a defense security officer for one of the defendants and asked questions about the defense team's work.

The motion says this raises the specter of a potential conflict of interest between the defense team's loyalty to its clients and its interest in demonstrating its innocence to the FBI.

Proceedings in the trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are stalled as the matter is investigated.

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