July 03, 2008

Government seeks more time for Moussaoui briefs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want two more months to file their brief in Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui's (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-eez) appeal.

They say they've received new information in a separate investigation of the CIA's destruction of videotapes of detainee interrogations. They can't say what the information is, but it may be relevant to Moussaoui's case.

Moussaoui is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring with al-Qaida in the terrorist attacks. He says his plea should be thrown out because he was not allowed to see classified evidence, hindering his ability to prepare for trial.

The extension request means oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 22 will likely be postponed. His attorney couldn't comment because he'd just received prosecutors' motion.

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