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Guilty of plotting September 11: the fanatic driven by hatred of America

A Moroccan student driven by “hatred of America and Israel” was found guilty of aiding the 11 September 2001 suicide hijackers and jailed for a maximum of 15 years by a Hamburg court yesterday in the first conviction of a conspirator involved in the world’s worst terrorist attack. Mounir al-Motassadeq, 28, a member of the Hamburg cell that planned and executed the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, was convicted of being an accessory to murder in 3,066 cases and of membership of a terrorist organisation. Sentencing Motassadeq to the maximum 15-year term demanded by the prosecution, the presiding judge, Albrecht Mentz, said the electrical engineering student had belonged to the group headed by the chief hijacker, Mohamed Atta, from its inception. “This group of Arab and Muslim students planned the attack out of hatred for America and Israel,” Mr Mentz said. “They wanted to strike at the foundations of the United States with an attack of hitherto unprecedented dimensions.” Full Story

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