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Moussaoui Trial Won't Be Televised

Friday, 18 January 2002 12:00 AM

Zacarias Moussouia, 33, a French citizen of Algerian descent, is charged with participating in the plot that led to the attacks. Four of the six conspiracy counts against him could lead to the death penalty upon conviction.

Court TV had asked U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema to allow the trial to be televised. However, the Judicial Conference of the United States, the administrative body of the federal courts, has consistently voted against allowing TV into federal trials.

Moussaoui was taken into federal custody last August on immigration charges in Minnesota after receiving flight training.

He was charged in the larger plot last month.

His trial is scheduled for mid-October. Meanwhile, he has pleaded not guilty and is being held at a federal detention center in Virginia without bond.

After Friday's action, Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra said, "We are pleased with the court ruling."

The Justice Department had opposed televising the trial, citing the danger to witnesses and jury members.

Nearly 3,000 people are believed to have died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Two hijacked airliners were flown into the World Trade Center and one hijacked plane was flown into the Pentagon.

A fourth hijacked aircraft crashed into the ground in rural Pennsylvania, possibly after passengers rushed the hijackers in the cockpit. Government investigators believe Moussaoui was supposed to have been aboard the fourth aircraft had it not been for his immigration detention.

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