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German Prosecutors Say Pieces Fit for 9/11 Conviction

In a 41/2-hour closing argument that pieced together “a mosaic” of circumstantial evidence, German prosecutors said today that an alleged conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Mounir Motassadeq, was an al Qaeda fanatic who reveled in mass death and played a willing, “ice-cold” role in unleashing “the most terrible terrorist attack in history.” A team of three federal prosecutors methodically recounted evidence from financial records, witness statements and other sources to argue that Motassadeq was a trusted supporting member of the Hamburg cell that led the hijackings. The prosecution team urged a panel of five judges to impose the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for Motassadeq, 28, a Moroccan, who is charged with more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. He is the first person to go on trial in any country for alleged complicity in the attacks. Full Story

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