Hamburg court requests US send 9/11 file

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27 January 2005, HAMBURG - The Hamburg court that is re-trying Moroccan Mounir al-Motassadeq on charges of plotting the 11 September 2001 attacks has called on the United States to release its file on the defendant. The previous day, FBI special agent Matthew Walsh, 35, had told the court the US Federal Bureau of Investigation possessed information about Motassadeq but he was not authorized to speak about it. Presiding Judge Ernst-Rainer Schudt said he would issue a formal request for legal assistance, ask

27 January 2005

HAMBURG - The Hamburg court that is re-trying Moroccan Mounir al-Motassadeq on charges of plotting the 11 September 2001 attacks has called on the United States to release its file on the defendant.

The previous day, FBI special agent Matthew Walsh, 35, had told the court the US Federal Bureau of Investigation possessed information about Motassadeq but he was not authorized to speak about it.

Presiding Judge Ernst-Rainer Schudt said he would issue a formal request for legal assistance, asking for that information.

Motassadeq's defence counsel, Udo Jacob, meanwhile rejected Walsh's assertion that the idea for the attacks on New York and Washington arose in Afghanistan, but that Arab students in Hamburg evolved the "who and the when and the how".

"There is no proof that the planning took place here in Hamburg," said Jacobs.

The court was shown on Wednesday a home video of an October 1999 wedding at a Hamburg mosque where Motassadeq is briefly visible.

The bridegroom was Said Bahaji, who disappeared just before the attacks and is wanted worldwide on suspicion of being part of the plot.

Motassadeq is accused of being a member of a terrorist organization and being an accessory to 3,000 murders. The Moroccan's earlier conviction and sentence to 15 years in jail was quashed on appeal and a new trial ordered. He is free on bail. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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