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Judge Orders New Charge in Al Qaeda Trial

A shift in charges ordered by the Hamburg judge overseeing the trial of Mounir El Motassadeq could make it easier to convict the suspected al Qaeda terrorist. Federal prosecutors are expected to begin closing arguments on Wednesday following a Hamburg judge’s rejection of the last motions by the defense attorneys for Mounir El Motassadeq, the Moroccan man charged with aiding the Sept. 11 hijackers. Chief Judge Albrecht Mentz accepted an explanation on Tuesday by Germany’s intelligence service (BND) and the German Interior Ministry that the agencies’ investigative ability and reputations could be damaged if the court be allowed to hear the questioning of Mohammed Haydar Zammar. Full Story

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