Hamburg aims to expel 9/11 terror suspects

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13 July 2004 , HAMBURG - Germany's northern city-state of Hamburg aims to expel two Moroccans suspected of involvement in the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, the city said Tuesday. The Hamburg interior ministry said the authorities regard the two - Mounir El Motassadeq and Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi - as posing a "special danger" to Germany's security after facts had been presented to show that they supported international terrorism. But any expulsion can only come after their new trials, the ministry noted. Int

 13 July 2004

HAMBURG - Germany's northern city-state of Hamburg aims to expel two Moroccans suspected of involvement in the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, the city said Tuesday.

The Hamburg interior ministry said the authorities regard the two - Mounir El Motassadeq and Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi - as posing a "special danger" to Germany's security after facts had been presented to show that they supported international terrorism.

But any expulsion can only come after their new trials, the ministry noted.

Interior Minister Udo Nagel stressed that expulsion proceedings would be vigorously pursued under the existing laws.

Motassadeq was convicted in early 2003 by the Hamburg state court for having aided the 11 September 2001 plane terror attacks and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is so far the only terror suspect to be convicted in connection with the terror attacks.

But last March, Germany's Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe quashed the conviction on a technicality, saying essential evidence which might have helped the defendant had not been heard in the Hamburg court. A new trial was ordered.

Mzoudi was tried a year after Motassadeq on identical charges and evidence in Hamburg. But he was acquitted in February, a ruling now being appealed by the Federal Prosecutor's Office.

Both men were student friends of the suicide pilots in Hamburg, and evidence presented in court showed that they had been at Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, but their lawyers argued that this did not prove that they knew about the 11 September plot.

DPA

Subject: German news

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