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Lawyers seek interview with al-Qaida internee

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NEW YORK (AP) — Defense lawyers in a terrorism case are arguing they should be able to interview a suspected al-Qaida member who is the son of a sheik convicted of a 1995 plot to blow up New York landmarks.

The New York Times reported Sunday that a court document shows lawyers for Ahmed Abdel Sattar want access to Ahmed Abdel Rahman, who was with al-Qaida in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001, according to a federal indictment. Rahman has reportedly been held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2001.

Sattar, lawyer Lynne Stewart and an Arabic translator were charged last year with helping deliver messages from Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. The sheik, who was Stewart's client, is serving a life sentence for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks and assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.