9/11 trial recessed one week for new lawyer

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31 August 2004 , HAMBURG - The Hamburg trial of Mounir al-Motassadeq, the only person ever convicted of a role in the 11 September 2001 attacks, was recessed Tuesday for a week so that a new lawyer could read the files. The Moroccan student's principal lawyer, Josef Graessle-Muenscher, 58, was critically injured in a motorcycle crash on Saturday. He collided with a car on a country road in the north of Germany. That reduced the Moroccan student's legal-aid defence team to just one lawyer, Udo Jacob. Motass

31 August 2004

HAMBURG - The Hamburg trial of Mounir al-Motassadeq, the only person ever convicted of a role in the 11 September 2001 attacks, was recessed Tuesday for a week so that a new lawyer could read the files.

The Moroccan student's principal lawyer, Josef Graessle-Muenscher, 58, was critically injured in a motorcycle crash on Saturday. He collided with a car on a country road in the north of Germany.

That reduced the Moroccan student's legal-aid defence team to just one lawyer, Udo Jacob.

Motassadeq told the state superior court he wished to appoint a new number-two lawyer. He chose Gerhard Strate, a Hamburg lawyer who conducted Motassadeq's successful appeal to the German high court, leading to the current re-trial.

Judges assigned Strate, who will be paid out of public funds, to the case and said the next hearing of prosecution witnesses would be delayed until 2 September. They rejected a defence suggestion that the trial be called off because of Graessle-Muenscher's accident.

Prosecutors allege Motassadeq was one of eight Hamburg students who conspired to hijack jets and use them as flying bombs against U.S. buildings. Three of those students died as suicide pilots and three fled abroad.

Motassadeq, who has said the fact that he remained in Germany shows he had no foreknowledge of the attack, was convicted earlier this year but won his appeal on legal grounds and is free on bail. The eighth man, Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi, was acquitted earlier this year.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

 

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