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9/11 defendants ask for Zero Dark Thirty court screening

Published on Dec 17, 2013 5:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The five alleged 9/11 plotters should be allowed the same access to classified information as the makers of the 2012 hit film Zero Dark Thirty, a US military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay was to hear this week.

In a series of pre-trial hearings from Monday, Dec 16, 2013, the tribunal was to consider the request made in July by defence attorney James Connell, who asked that 20 minutes of the film be aired in court.

"At this point, we just want to get the same items they gave to Hollywood," Mr Connell - who represents Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi - told Agence France-Presse. Ali's co-defendants support the request.

Ali - the nephew of the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed - is accused of helping organise logistics for the airplane strikes on New York and Washington.

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