The man who became known as the "20th hijacker" from the Sept. 11 attacks wants to testify in lawsuits filed by victims of terrorism. The imprisoned Zacarias Moussaoui recently wrote to federal courts in New York and Oklahoma, claiming he can offer inside information about the inner workings of al-Qaida to boost legal claims that the government of Saudi Arabia and financial institutions supported terrorism. Some lawyers have taken him seriously enough to interview him at the Supermax federal prison in Colorado, where he is serving a life sentence. But other observers are skeptical, saying it could be a desperate grab for leniency or relevancy. "Even if he somehow got to the point where he could testify, there would be a credibility issue," said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. "Would his testimony be valuable? That's doubtful."
The offers are also clouded by his record of changing his account of his involvement in the Sept. 11 plot and his erratic behavior in court. In court papers filed in Manhattan in September, lawyers for Saudi Arabia said flatly: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had no role in the attacks of September 11, 2001." They also noted that the United States "has said often and vigorously that Saudi Arabia is an important ally in the fight against terrorism."
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