Lawyer for terror suspectMotassadeq injured in crash

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30 August 2004 , HAMBURG - Josef Graessle-Muenscher, the chief defence counsel for terror suspect Mounir el-Motassadeq, has been hospitalised after being injured in a motorcycle accident at the weekend, his office confirmed Monday. The office confirmed that the 58-year-old terrorism legal expert was in hospital but declined to go into further details after the story was first broken by the local daily Hamburger Morgenpost. According to the Morgenpost story, Graessle-Muenscher was gravely injured in the acc

30 August 2004

HAMBURG - Josef Graessle-Muenscher, the chief defence counsel for terror suspect Mounir el-Motassadeq, has been hospitalised after being injured in a motorcycle accident at the weekend, his office confirmed Monday.

The office confirmed that the 58-year-old terrorism legal expert was in hospital but declined to go into further details after the story was first broken by the local daily Hamburger Morgenpost.

According to the Morgenpost story, Graessle-Muenscher was gravely injured in the accident and doctors were fighting for his life at the Hamburg university hospital.

The report said he was rushed by rescue helicopter to the 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-Muenscher then smashed into a road traffic sign.

The newspaper report cited an unnamed relative of Graessle- Muenscher 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 revived 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 suspected accessory to the September 11, 2001 suicide plane attacks re-tried in the Hamburg State Superior Court.

The next proceedings are on Tuesday, with the Hamburg court on Monday saying the next trial date would take place as planned despite Graessle-Muenscher's accident.

"The presiding judge will discuss with all the parties how this will proceed further," a court spokeswoman said.

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

Graessle-Muenscher is one of Germany's leading legal experts in cases involving alleged terrorism. He studied at Munich, Berlin and Oxford and gained his doctorate in aspects of the law pertaining to terrorism. Among past cases, he defended suspects of the banned Kurdish Workers Party PKK.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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