9/11 terror suspects vowto fight German expulsion

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14 July 2004 , HAMBURG - Two Moroccans suspected of involvement in the 11 September 11 terror attacks vowed Wednesday to fight efforts by authorities in Hamburg to expel them from Germany. Mounir El Motassadeq and Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi will use the courts to resist any effort to expel them from the country, said Josef Graessle-Muenscher, acting as their lawyer. The remarks came a day after authorities in Hamburg said the two terrorist suspects posed a "special danger" to Germany's security. But any expulsion

14 July 2004

HAMBURG - Two Moroccans suspected of involvement in the 11 September 11 terror attacks vowed Wednesday to fight efforts by authorities in Hamburg to expel them from Germany.

Mounir El Motassadeq and Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi will use the courts to resist any effort to expel them from the country, said Josef Graessle-Muenscher, acting as their lawyer.

The remarks came a day after authorities in Hamburg said the two terrorist suspects posed a "special danger" to Germany's security.

But any expulsion can only come after their new trials, the lawyer said.

Motassadeq was convicted in early 2003 by the Hamburg State Court for having aided the September 11 attacks and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is so far the only terror suspect to have been convicted in connection with the terror attacks.

But last March, Germany's Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe quashed the conviction on a technicality, saying essential evidence which might have helped the defendant had not been heard in the Hamburg court. A new trial was ordered.

Mzoudi was tried a year after Motassadeq on identical charges and evidence in Hamburg. But he was acquitted in February, a ruling now being appealed by the Federal Prosecutor's Office.

Both men were student friends of the suicide pilots in Hamburg, and evidence presented in court showed that they had been at Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, but their lawyers argued that this did not prove that they knew about the September 11 plot.

DPA

Subject: German news

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