FBI probe dims outlook for 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Associated Press
In this pool photo of a Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, defendants speak with their defense lawyers during a break in pretrial hearings at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, April 14, 2014. From right to left are Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Ramzi bin al Shibh, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad sitting on the floor with Walid bin Attash sitting on a chair. A lawyer for one of five defendants in the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal said Monday that FBI agents questioned a member of his defense team, apparently in an investigation related to the handling of evidence, a revelation that brought an abrupt halt to proceedings. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 war crimes case has ended at the Guantanamo Bay naval base amid uncertainty over an apparent FBI investigation of the defense.

The military judge ordered a defense team member who was questioned by two FBI agents to submit a sealed affidavit about the encounter. Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday also approved the appointment of a new member of the prosecution team to respond to legal questions regarding the investigation.

Officials say they don't know the scope of the investigation. Judge Pohl says it appears to target the legal team for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the release of writings by the self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind.

It has stalled progress toward trial for the five men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.