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Khalid al-Sheikh Mohammed, accused of being the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks, is prepared to be questioned by victims who sue Saudi Arabia for compensation if the United States decides not to seek the death penalty.

Lawyers representing companies and individuals asking for billions of dollars in compensation have unveiled the offer made late Friday by Sheikh Khalid Mohammed in a letter to the US District Court in Manhattan.

The Saudi government has long denied involvement in the attacks, which hit the hijacked planes of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington. About 3,000 people died.

Michael Kellogg, a lawyer for the Saudi government working from Washington, declined to comment. The Wall Street Journal earlier spoke of the letter.

The letter said that the plaintiffs' lawyers were in contact with the lawyer of the five witnesses in federal custody about the possibility of questioning them. Lawyers said three of them, including Mohammed, were in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, facing charges of capital punishment and two being held in a security prison in Florence, Colorado.

According to the letter, Mohammed would not agree "at the moment" to interrogate him but that could change.

WB / HZ (Reuters)

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