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FBI 'tried to infiltrate defence team' of 9/11 accused

Published on Apr 15, 2014 2:27 AM

FORT MEADE (AFP) The FBI subjected a member of the defence team for five alleged September 11 conspirators to a "chilling" interrogation in an effort to glean information, a military court heard Monday.

Defence attorneys told the hearing at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base that it hurt their efforts to represent their clients in the high-profile terrorism case.

The claim came on the first day of a week-long hearing to determine whether one of the alleged plotters, Ramzi Binalshibh, is competent to stand trial.

Jim Harrington, an attorney for the Yemeni defendant, said that a "member of my team, visited by two members of the FBI, had to sign and answer" questions by the agents.

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