German court upholds 9/11 plot sentence

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14 May 2007, Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Germany's top court threw out an appeal by Mounir al-Motassadeq, 33, the Moroccan sentenced to 15 years in jail for plotting the 9/11 attacks, his lawyer said. The Federal Supreme Court said Motassadeq's application for a review of the case was without merit, lawyer Udo Jacob said, adding that the decision did not surprise him. Jacob said he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights and submit an application for a retrial. Motassadeq failed in an earl

14 May 2007

Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Germany's top court threw out an appeal by Mounir al-Motassadeq, 33, the Moroccan sentenced to 15 years in jail for plotting the 9/11 attacks, his lawyer said.

The Federal Supreme Court said Motassadeq's application for a review of the case was without merit, lawyer Udo Jacob said, adding that the decision did not surprise him.

Jacob said he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights and submit an application for a retrial.

Motassadeq failed in an earlier appeal to Germany's constitutional court in January, which rejected his claim that his conviction at trial in 2005 and the decision in 2006 by an appeal court to add another conviction were a miscarriage of justice.

The appeal had been filed last year before a Hamburg court hearing in January of this year increased the married student's jail term from 7 to 15 years.

At trial, Motassadeq, who had trained at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, was found to have known in advance of the September 11, 2001 attacks through his friendship with three of the hijack pilots. The group had been university students in Hamburg.

The Islamist was convicted in Hamburg in 2005 of terrorism and sentenced to seven years in jail. A further conviction on 246 counts of accessory to murder was added on appeal last year by the German High Court.

Motassadeq was the first person convicted for a role in the attacks on New York and Washington. Another 9/11 accessory, Zacarias Moussaoui, also of Moroccan descent received life imprisonment on May 4 last year from a US court.

DPA

Subject: German news

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