Terrorism trial verdict scheduled for 19 August

27th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 May 2005, HAMBURG - A verdict in the marathon trial of 9-11 accused Mounir al-Motassadeq is scheduled to be handed down 19 August, the defence disclosed on Friday after consultations with German judges.

27 May 2005

HAMBURG - A verdict in the marathon trial of 9-11 accused Mounir al-Motassadeq is scheduled to be handed down 19 August, the defence disclosed on Friday after consultations with German judges.

Motassadeq, 31, the only person ever convicted of a role in the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, is being re-tried after his sentence to 15 years' jail was quashed on appeal. The current trial began 10 August last year and has heard over 100 witnesses.

The appeal succeeded because the first verdict failed to give due weight to the lack of testimony from al-Qaeda suspects in US hands.

Interrogation transcripts have been provided at the second trial, but have not incriminated Motassadeq. Washington says it cannot provide any more information. Last year, another Hamburg Moroccan, Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi, was acquitted on broadly similar evidence.

The scheduling for the trial was disclosed by staff of Udo Jacob, the lawyer representing Motassadeq before the Hamburg state superior court. The Moroccan is accused of being an accessory to more than 3,000 murders and being a member of a terrorist organisation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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