'Al-Qaeda financier' to appearat German terror trial

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1 November 2004 , HAMBURG - A 46-year-old businessman, who is alleged to have financed the al-Qaeda terrorist network, is to give evidence this week in the retrial in Germany of suspected 9/11 helper Mounir al- Motassadeq. A court spokeswoman confirmed a local press report that Mamoun Darkazanli will appear when the Motassadeq trial resumes in Hamburg on Wednesday. Darkazanli, a dual German-Syrian national, is in custody after being arrested by police in the northern German city more than two weeks ago. He

1 November 2004

HAMBURG - A 46-year-old businessman, who is alleged to have financed the al-Qaeda terrorist network, is to give evidence this week in the retrial in Germany of suspected 9/11 helper Mounir al- Motassadeq.

A court spokeswoman confirmed a local press report that Mamoun Darkazanli will appear when the Motassadeq trial resumes in Hamburg on Wednesday.

Darkazanli, a dual German-Syrian national, is in custody after being arrested by police in the northern German city more than two weeks ago.

He has been called to give evidence by lawyers acting for Dominic J. Puopolo, a US co-plaintiff in the trial.

Darkazanli is awaiting deportation to Spain where he is wanted in an investigation into his involvement in the 11 September 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

The Spanish arrest warrant described Darkazanli as one "of the key figures of the al-Qaeda terror network" and the permanent contact person and assistant of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Germany.

He is thought to have been a confidante in Hamburg of the 9/11 suicide pilots.

Motassadeq is accused of membership in the Hamburg terrorist cell and of being an accessory to some 3,000 murders.

He had already been convicted and sentenced by a Hamburg court to the maximum 15 years in prison, becoming the only person so far convicted of a role in the attacks on New York and Washington.

However, this was overturned by appeal judges who said the court had failed to address the lack of evidence from a captured plotter, Ramzi bin al-Shibh.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

 

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