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Germany 9-11 Trial Takes Dramatic Turn

In a dramatic turn in a Sept. 11 trial, the defense — and now a growing segment of the German media — is charging that the government’s case against a terror suspect in Hamburg is on the verge of collapse. But legal experts say the prosecution could still win a conviction. The defense is citing the testimony of a German intelligence official who said the Hamburg cell of Sept. 11 suicide pilots became involved in Osama bin Laden’s plot to attack the World Trade Center only after four cell members attended Afghan training camps in late 1999. The indictment alleges they had decided to attack the United States with hijacked airliners months earlier, before visiting Afghanistan. Lawyers for Abdelghani Mzoudi, a Moroccan accused of supporting the Hamburg cell, immediately moved for their client’s release from custody following the testimony Friday by German intelligence agency chief Heinz Fromm, arguing his timeline was inconsistent with the government’s. The court is expected to respond this week. Full Story

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