Doubts over 9/11 farewell in Tex-Mex cafe

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15 December 2004 , HAMBURG - German judges have voiced doubt over a dramatic account of the 11 September 2001 suicide pilots celebrating a farewell dinner in a Hamburg Tex-Mex cafe, with police saying there was no corroborating evidence. Roger L., a former restaurant owner, had claimed that he called police urgently when defendant Mounir al-Motassadeq and hijack boss Mohammed Atta declared their intention of destroying symbols of the United States during a visit to L.'s cafe. L. claimed police ran into the

15 December 2004

HAMBURG - German judges have voiced doubt over a dramatic account of the 11 September 2001 suicide pilots celebrating a farewell dinner in a Hamburg Tex-Mex cafe, with police saying there was no corroborating evidence.

Roger L., a former restaurant owner, had claimed that he called police urgently when defendant Mounir al-Motassadeq and hijack boss Mohammed Atta declared their intention of destroying symbols of the United States during a visit to L.'s cafe.

L. claimed police ran into the restaurant just moments too late to intercept the hijackers early in 2001. But police told the court on Tuesday that an exhaustive search of operational records showed there had been no such call-out.

Motassadeq is facing his second trial for membership in a terrorist group and being an accessory to 3,000 murders after his first conviction and 15-year jail sentence were quashed on legal grounds. Prosecutors did not call L. to testify at the first trial.

Germany's federal intelligence service and federal police also said on Tuesday they had not logged the calls that L. claimed to have made before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Judges in the Hamburg state superior court earlier voiced scepticism about L.'s claims, but asked police to do a thorough check of their files just in case something had been overlooked.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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