German prosecutors demand arrest of suspect Motassedeq

17th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2006, Hamburg (dpa) - German prosecutors filed an appeal Friday, demanding the arrest of Mounir al-Motassadeq, who was still free on bail despite his conviction the previous day for helping the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. Judges in the German port city of Hamburg had ruled that Motassadeq should remain free until a forthcoming hearing on sentencing, even though his penalty is expected to be increased from the seven years' jail he received at an earlier trial. The stat

17 November 2006

Hamburg (dpa) - German prosecutors filed an appeal Friday, demanding the arrest of Mounir al-Motassadeq, who was still free on bail despite his conviction the previous day for helping the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Judges in the German port city of Hamburg had ruled that Motassadeq should remain free until a forthcoming hearing on sentencing, even though his penalty is expected to be increased from the seven years' jail he received at an earlier trial.

The state superior court judges said that while the temptation to escape abroad might be greater now, Motassadeq had always fulfilled his conditions of bail. He was convicted last year of being part of a Hamburg terrorist cell and on Thursday of an actual role in 9/11.

Frank Wallenta, a prosecutor in the federal justice capital, Karlsruhe, said no date had been set for a review of the bail decision, "but they have to realize this is a fairly urgent issue."

Wallenta said the Moroccan student's wife and offspring had left Germany "a relatively short time ago."

DPA

Subject: German news

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