Fight brews over separate trial for 9/11 suspect

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Fight brews over separate trial for 9/11 suspect
399770 02: A video image released by the FBI January 17, 2002 shows Ramzi Binalshibh, the suspected al Qaeda member who is accused of helping plan the September 11 attacks, has been captured in Pakistan, U.S. officials said September 13, 2002. Binalshibh was caught after a deadly shootout in which two other al Qaeda members were killed. Officials say Binalshibh tried to enter the U.S. four seperate occasions but was denied a visa each time. Officials believe he intended to join the 19 hijackers. (Photo by Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JUNE 5: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE WAS REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY) Scott McKay (C), defense lawyer for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, walks with part of the defense team for Ramzi Binalshibh, during a break in the arraignment proceedings for the September 11 co-conspirator suspects, at the U.S. Military Commissions, June 5, 2008 in Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the attacks on September 11, 2001 and four alleged conspirators faced a military judge in Guantanamo June 5, in their first appearance before a war-crimes tribunal. (Photo by Brennan Linsley-PoolGetty Images)
In this image reviewed by the US Military, Scott McKay, (C) defense lawyer for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, walks with part of the defense team for Ramzi Binalshibh, during a break in the arraignment proceedings for the September 11, 2001 co-conspirator suspects, at the US Military Commissions, at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, in Cuba,on June 5, 2008. Binalshibh's lawyers are, Navy Commander Suzanne Lachelier(L), and Tom Durkin (R). AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brennan Linsley (Photo credit should read BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
This June 5, 2008 photo shows the entrance near the new courtroom at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks appeared in public for the first time in years Thursday at the start of a US military hearing at the Guantanamo Bay base. All dressed in white and without handcuffs, the five, including Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the attacks which killed some 3,000 people, were seated at a table with their military defense team. Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani, and his alleged co-conspirators Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, Wallid bin Attash and Mustapha al-Hawsawi all face the death penalty if convicted by the military commission on the US base on Cuba. AFP PHOTO/Fanny CARRIER (Photo credit should read Fanny Carrier/AFP/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY: From left: Prosecutors Gerhard Hummer, Matthias Krauss and Walter Hemberger arrive for the second session of the retrial of Moroccan defendant Mounir el Motassadeq in the northern German town of Hamburg, 11 August 2004. US authorities told the German court that a terror suspect in their custody had exonerated Motassadeq on trial for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Ramzi Binalshibh, a Yemeni who has boasted he masterminded the suicide hijackings, reportedly told US authorities that Mounir El Motassadeq was unaware of the plot. AFP PHOTO DPA POOL/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI (Photo credit should read MAURIZIO GAMBARINI/AFP/Getty Images)
399771 03: US Attorney General John Ashcroft (R) and FBI Director Robert Mueller watch a video of suspected al Qaeda terrorists during a press conference January 17, 2002 in Wahington, DC. The government released photos (L) and video excerpts of five suspected al Qaeda members delivering what Ashcroft described as 'martyrdom messages from suicide terrorists'''' and identified four of the five men depicted in the video as (clock wise from top L) Abd Al-Rahim, Muhammad Sa''id Ali Hasan, Khalid Ibn Muhammad Al-Juhani unidentified individual and Ramzi Binalshibh. (Photo by Manny Ceneta/Getty Images)

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are asking a military judge to reconsider his decision to try one of the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terror attacks apart from the other four.

Prosecutors are asking Army Col. James Pohl to hear arguments on their emergency motion involving Ramzi Binalshibh (RAM'-zee bin-al-SHEEB') first thing Monday at a pretrial hearing at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.

Pohl ruled July 24 that Binalshibh should get a separate war crimes trial because legal issues peculiar to him were preventing the larger case from moving forward.

Attorneys for another defendant oppose the government's request to have the reconsideration motion heard first. That would delay arguments on their motion to sever their client's case.

The hearing is being shown in a video feed at Fort Meade.

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