Birmingham man accused of reaching out to convicted 9/11 terrorist may have tipped off FBI

Arkeuntrez Washington (Source: Jefferson Co. Jail)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) -- A Birmingham man accused of illegally selling guns and sending letters of support to a convicted 9/11 terrorist may have tipped the FBI off to his own alleged conduct.

In a new court filing Tuesday, Arkeuntrez Washington’s attorney asked a judge for a competency hearing for her client. Washington’s attorney says “The defendant disclosed some prior acts that caused counsel to question the mental health of Mr. Washington. The defendant and his grandmother denied any mental health treatment, but the defendant’s mother reports a prior short-term commitment. During the preliminary hearing, testimony was elicited that defendant had possibly sent a tip to the FBI reporting his conduct.”

Documents filed in court show letters investigators believe Washington wrote to Zacarias Moussaoui - one of the men convicted of conspiring to kill Americans in the 2001 September 11 attacks.

Prosecutors claim Washington has been illegally selling guns to buyers as far away as Mexico for several years, but they only started investigating him last month when he bought several guns at a local firearms store in a short amount of time.

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