NEW YORK — A federal judge Thursday ordered Zacarias Moussaoui, the first defendant indicted in connection with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, sent to Virginia where he will be tried.
After Moussaoui's brief court appearance, Donald D. duBoulay his court-appointed lawyer, said the 33-year-old French citizen will tell a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., during his arraignment, scheduled for Jan. 2, that he is innocent.
On Thursday, the defendant refused to stand with everyone else when U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones entered and left the Manhattan courtroom.
"He has maintained his innocence," DuBoulay said.
DuBoulay said he had interviewed Moussaoui several times since the defendant, who entered the U.S. on a student visa, was detained on immigration charges on Aug. 17.