Lawyer for terror suspect Motassadeq in hospital

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30 August 2004, HAMBURG - Josef Graessle-Muensch, the chief defence counsel for terror suspect Mounir el-Motassadeq, has been hospitalised amid so far unconfirmed reports Monday that he was badly injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. "He is in the hospital. There is nothing more I can say about it," a woman in Graessle-Muensch's law office in Hamburg said, declining to discuss details about the report in the local paper Morgenpost. Telephone queries by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa with the Hamb

30 August 2004

HAMBURG - Josef Graessle-Muensch, the chief defence counsel for terror suspect Mounir el-Motassadeq, has been hospitalised amid so far unconfirmed reports Monday that he was badly injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

"He is in the hospital. There is nothing more I can say about it," a woman in Graessle-Muensch's law office in Hamburg said, declining to discuss details about the report in the local paper Morgenpost.

Telephone queries by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa with the Hamburg university clinic and the police also produced no direct confirmation about the report.

"We cannot and may not confirm it," a police spokesman in Bad Segeberg, a town just north of Hamburg and close to where the reported motorcycle accident occurred, said when asked to confirm the report about Graessle-Muensch.

The spokesman only confirmed that there was such an accident but declined to give the identity of the victim.

According to the Morgenpost story, Graessle-Muensch was rushed by rescue helicopter to the Hamburg clinic after suffering serious injuries in a collision with a passenger car on a country road north of Hamburg on Saturday afternoon. It said that after the collision, Graessle-Muensch then smashed into a road traffic sign.

The newspaper report cited an unnamed relative of Graessle-Muensch as saying that "it is not certain whether he will survive".

A traffic accident report by the Bad Segeberg police said that the motorcycle accident victim had to be reanimated at the scene before being flown to hospital with "life-threatening" injuries. The report said the driver of the passenger car, an Opel, was not injured.

The police report said that the collision occurred when the motorcyclist, on a Ducati motorcycle, was attempting to pass the passenger car just at the moment that the car was starting to turn left onto a side road.

Motassedeq is currently having his case as a suspect as an accessory to the 11 September 2001 suicide plane attacks re-tried in the Hamburg State Superior Court. The next proceedings are on Wednesday.

Besides Graessle-Muensch, his defence team includes lawyers Udo Jacob and Gerhard Strate. 

DPA

Subject: German news

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