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Prosecution in Hamburg Terror Trial: Defendant Hates Humanity

While Mounir El Motassadeq maintains his innocence, prosecutors say the student should be sentenced to 15 years in prison as the financial manager for terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. As his trial entered its final phase Wednesday, Mounir El Motassadeq stared back at prosecutors in a Hamburg court as they repeated the evidence against him, sometimes shaking his head, sometimes smiling in disbelief. Portraying him as an integral and reliable member of the Hamburg-based terrorist cell behind the Sept. 11 hijiackings and terror attacks in New York and Washington holding similar extremist beliefs, German federal prosecutors ended their closing arguments with the request that Motassadeq be sentenced to 15 years in prison. Motassadeq, who is accused of managing financial transactions for members of the terror cell, has maintained that his efforts were no more than favors typical among Muslims. He denies knowing anything about what suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Mohammed Atta and his group were planning. Full Story

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