Defence doubts German 9/11 trial witness

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26 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Defence lawyers for suspected 9/11 plotter Mounir al-Motassadeq urged a German court Tuesday to defer further evidence from a restaurant manager who claimed to have heard the suicide hijackers alluding to attacks in the United States.Matassadeq‘s defence told the court at the resumption of retrial proceedings in Hamburg there were reasons to doubt the evidence given by the 42-year-old prosecution witness.It said further evidence from the witness should not be heard until the cla

26 October 2004

HAMBURG - Defence lawyers for suspected 9/11 plotter Mounir al-Motassadeq urged a German court Tuesday to defer further evidence from a restaurant manager who claimed to have heard the suicide hijackers alluding to attacks in the United States.

Matassadeq‘s defence told the court at the resumption of retrial proceedings in Hamburg there were reasons to doubt the evidence given by the 42-year-old prosecution witness.

It said further evidence from the witness should not be heard until the claims were checked.

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

Motassadeq had already been convicted and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison, but this was overturned by appeal judges, saying the court had failed to address the lack of evidence from a captured plotter, Ramzi bin al-Shibh.

The court had been told by the Hamburg restaurant manager that in January 2001 he served Motassadeq along with the suicide pilots who carried out the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States.

The witness said he had overheard the men talking about their pilot training and allude to possible terrorist attacks in the United States. He had informed the police, the Federal Criminal Police Department and the Federal Intelligence Service.

The trial continues.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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