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Dem fem tiltalte for 9/11 som skal stilles for retten like ved Ground Zero, vil si seg «ikke skyldig» for å kunne fremføre kritikk av amerikansk utenrikspolitikk, sier en av forsvarerne. Det var akkurat dette kritikerne av rettssaken fryktet.

The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.

Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but «would explain what happened and why they did it.»

The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that Ali and four other men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. will face a civilian federal trial just blocks from the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.

Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, is a nephew of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Mohammed, Ali and the others will explain «their assessment of American foreign policy,» Fenstermaker said.

«Their assessment is negative,» he said.

Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views