Moussaoui's mother claims he was drugged

8th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 7, 2006 (AFP) - The mother of Zacarias Moussaoui saw him in court Tuesday for the first time in years and claimed that he had been drugged.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 7, 2006 (AFP) - The mother of Zacarias Moussaoui saw him in court Tuesday for the first time in years and claimed that he had been drugged.

Aicha el-Wafi traveled from France to attend her son's death penalty hearing, where prosecutors are arguing that Moussaoui, a confessed Al-Qaeda conspirator, should be put to death for his role in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"That is not Zacary," said Aicha el-Wafi, 59, speaking in French during a break in her son's sentencing trial on Tuesday. "He is too calm. He doesn't even budge."

"It's another Zac," continued his mother, visibly upset. "I believe, in this moment, he has been drugged, in order for him to be calm and not disturb anybody."

The French-born Moussaoui, who has confessed his role as an Al-Qaeda conspirator, faces death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Aicha el-Wafi has not seen her youngest son since July 2002.

On Tuesday Moussaoui entered the courtroom and glanced at the public, ignoring his mother. He never looked towards her during the proceedings.

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