After a lawsuit was filed by several newspapers, a superior court judge in New Jersey has opened what had been a sealed transcript of a secret hearing in which prosecutors outlined their evidence in the case against Mohamed Atriss, who was accused of selling fake identification to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
The secret hearing led a judge in the case set Atriss’ bail at $500,000. Neither Atriss nor his attorney were permitted to attend the hearing or read the transcript until it was released by the superior court, the Washington Post reports.
That hearing was the only criminal case in the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks in which secret evidence was presented against the defendant.
Much of the information presented in that hearing has been deemed inaccurate. Atriss and his attorney said they could have rebutted the allegations had they been allowed to see the information.