Flatmate says 9/11 suspect was no fanatic

24th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2004 , HAMBURG - A former flatmate of Mounir al-Motassadeq, accused of being part of the conspiracy behind the 11 September 2001 attacks, denied in court Tuesday that the Moroccan student had been a fanatic. Asked to compare Motassadeq with Mohammed Atta, believed to have been the chief pilot in the suicide attacks, the witness said, "Mounir had a negative view of the United States and Israel. But he was not moved by hatred." The witness, a 32-year-old ethnic Turkish man who shared an apartment w

24 August 2004

HAMBURG - A former flatmate of Mounir al-Motassadeq, accused of being part of the conspiracy behind the 11 September 2001 attacks, denied in court Tuesday that the Moroccan student had been a fanatic.

Asked to compare Motassadeq with Mohammed Atta, believed to have been the chief pilot in the suicide attacks, the witness said, "Mounir had a negative view of the United States and Israel. But he was not moved by hatred."

The witness, a 32-year-old ethnic Turkish man who shared an apartment with Motassadeq in a student hostel while both were at university, described the accused as "sensitive" and recalled him weeping several times in the course of political debates.

"He is not a violent person," said the witness, who also knew Atta who visited the students' apartment from time to time.

"Atta used to agitate against the Americans and the Jews. You could sense his feelings of hatred towards them," said the witness, who shared a kitchen and common room with Motassadeq from 1996 to 1999.

The prosecution has called a series of witnesses to demonstrate Motassadeq's Islamist leanings.

Motassadeq, 30, has been indicted on 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and is accused of being a member of the Hamburg terrorist cell which was the backbone of the al-Qaeda suicide attacks on New York and Washington.

DPA

Subject: German news

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