9/11 pilot 'made no secret' of flight training

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1 December 2004 , HAMBURG - Ziad Jarrah, one of the 11 September 2001 suicide pilots, made no secret earlier that year of his enrolment at a US flight school, a former acquaintance told a Hamburg court trying an alleged plotter on Wednesday. The testimony from the 32-year-old witness may be crucial in showing that defendant Mounir al-Motassadeq was not as ignorant of the plot as he has maintained. He was a close friend of the three suicide pilots who had been students in Germany. Last month the trial was t

1 December 2004

HAMBURG - Ziad Jarrah, one of the 11 September 2001 suicide pilots, made no secret earlier that year of his enrolment at a US flight school, a former acquaintance told a Hamburg court trying an alleged plotter on Wednesday.

The testimony from the 32-year-old witness may be crucial in showing that defendant Mounir al-Motassadeq was not as ignorant of the plot as he has maintained. He was a close friend of the three suicide pilots who had been students in Germany.

Last month the trial was told how Jarrah, a fun-loving Lebanese student, turned radical and began training to fly airliners. His former girlfriend said she visited him at a Florida pilot academy.

Moroccan student Motassadeq was sentenced to 15 years in jail as a plot helper last year, but a retrial was ordered on legal grounds. He has declined to testify to the current trial, but told police and the first trial he was in the dark about the plot.

He is charged before the state superior court with being a member of a terrorist group and assisting in about 3,000 murders. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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