Motassadeq to leave Germany if let off: lawyer

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3 August 2005, HAMBURG - Mounir al-Motassadeq, the only person ever convicted of a role in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, plans to leave Germany without being forced if he is acquitted, his lawyer has told a German newspaper.

3 August 2005

HAMBURG - Mounir al-Motassadeq, the only person ever convicted of a role in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, plans to leave Germany without being forced if he is acquitted, his lawyer has told a German newspaper.

A verdict at his retrial, which follows a successful appeal against his conviction and 15-year jail sentence, is expected August 19. The Moroccan, 31, has previously resisted deportation orders and sued for the right to resume university studies.

Die Welt was to appear Wednesday quoting his lawyer, Udo Jacob, with the statement, "If Mr Motassadeq is asked to leave Germany, he will do so." A deportation order was served on him last year, but was stayed for the duration of his trial. He is free on bail.

The statement appeared to suggest that Jacob would drop court action to strike down the deportation order. A Motassadeq associate, Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi, has already returned to Morocco after acquittal on similar terrorism and accessory to murder charges.

Die Welt quoted a Hamburg agency that monitors subversives as saying Motassadeq was still associating with city Islamists and praying at mosques that have an Islamist bent.

Heino Vahldieck, head of the agency, said radical Moslems in the city were keenly interested in him because of his public reputation.

Die Welt released the story Tuesday just before it went to press.

DPA

Subject: German news

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