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Convicted Sept. 11 Suspect Wants Freedom

Prosecutors argued Friday that the only convicted Sept. 11 suspect worldwide should stay in jail, after new evidence relating to the plot led a court to release one of his friends from custody. With their motion in a Hamburg state court, prosecutors sought to block an appeal by Mounir el Motassadeq’s lawyers for his immediate release. The legal skirmish follows the surprise turn in the trial of Abdelghani Mzoudi. He was set free by the same court Thursday after German federal investigators provided evidence stating that only the three Hamburg suicide hijackers and their presumed al-Qaida contact knew about the plot. Mzoudi is accused of more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. El Motassadeq was convicted on the same charges in February and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison. Full Story

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