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Suspect to Plead Guilty in September 11 Case Friday


A U.S federal court says the only person charged in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Zacarias Moussaoui, will change his plea to guilty on Friday.

The court in Virginia issued a statement Wednesday saying that the presiding judge in the case, Leonie Brinkema, will accept the guilty plea, which also carries the possibility of a death sentence.

Mr. Moussaoui is charged with conspiring with the al-Qaida terrorist group ahead of the September 11 attacks, which killed some 3,000 people.

An acknowledged member of al-Qaida, Mr. Moussaoui has been in U.S. custody since 2001. He has previously denied any knowledge of the September 11 plot, but he briefly changed his plea to guilty in 2002.

Mr. Moussaoui has demanded to serve as his own attorney. His trial has been delayed three times because of his demands to interview high-ranking al-Qaida leaders in U.S. custody.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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