German Court Convicts Moroccan of 9/11 Terrorism Links But Criticizes US

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Saturday, October 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On August 19, 2005, a retrial of Moroccan Mounir al-Motassadeq, a 31-year-old former student, resulted in his conviction for helping to participate in a terrorist organization. However, the court found him not guilty of more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The trial judge overseeing the retrial, Ernest-Rainer Schudt, criticized the U.S. government for refusing to allow the court to interview or have access to several captured al Qaeda leaders who could have testified on the operations of the Hamberg cell and accused U.S. authorities of stonewalling requests for information and being uncooperative during the trial?[more]