Student says 9/11 suspect was not fanatic

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18 August 2004 , HAMBURG - A student giving evidence at the Hamburg trial of alleged 11 September plotter Mounir al-Motassadeq denied in court Wednesday that the accused had been a fanatic, and said the Moroccan's religious stance had been moderate. The testimony differed from the same witness's assessment at the first trial of Motassadeq as "starkly Islamist". Motassadeq's sentence to 15 years' jail was overturned on appeal and he is being re-tried before a German state superior court. "I didn't notice an

18 August 2004

HAMBURG - A student giving evidence at the Hamburg trial of alleged 11 September plotter Mounir al-Motassadeq denied in court Wednesday that the accused had been a fanatic, and said the Moroccan's religious stance had been moderate.

The testimony differed from the same witness's assessment at the first trial of Motassadeq as "starkly Islamist".

Motassadeq's sentence to 15 years' jail was overturned on appeal and he is being re-tried before a German state superior court.

"I didn't notice any strong change in him towards the fanatical," said the 30-year-old student witness, who formerly lived in the same corridor of a student hostel as Motassadeq.

The state's case against Motassadeq has focused on the fact that the Moroccan did guerrilla training at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan and that he was a confidant of three of the four suicide pilots who mounted the 2001 terrorist attack.

A second witness was to testify later Wednesday about the student group's Islamist activities up to 2000. Motassadeq, who is free on bail, is accused of aiding 3,000 murders and being a member of the Hamburg terrorist cell.

DPA

Subject: German news

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