WASHINGTON—Federal prosecutors will not be allowed to review the answers that alleged Sept. 11 mastermind
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan was a victory for accused
The order also stipulates that Mohammed cannot be asked any questions about his years being held in a secret
The judge issued the ruling after defense lawyers and prosecutors worked out an arrangement in which the defense compiled questions for Mohammed in the hopes that his responses might show that their client, Ghaith, was a low-level member of Al Qaeda, and not a top leader as prosecutors allege.
Mohammed is expected to start reviewing the questions later this week, with his reponses likely to follow sometime next week.
The Ghaith trial is set to begin Monday. But the defense has asked for a 45-day delay in order to determine whether Mohammed's responses might help their case. Judge Kaplan has not yet ruled on the request for a postponement.