Germany defends al-Qaeda trial

Germany said it had no choice but to supply a court with evidence that led to the release of a man on trial over the 11 September attacks.

A Hamburg judge freed Abdelghani Mzoudi on Thursday after a secret source had testified he was not part of the cell that planned the suicide hijacks. Prosecutors are now trying to prevent the conviction of another man on the same charge from being quashed. Washington has suggested Germany failed to handle the Mzoudi case effectively. Mr Mzoudi, a Moroccan was originally charged with being an accessory to the murders of more than 3,000 people who died in the attacks in New York and Washington. The evidence which led to his release is widely believed to be based on testimony obtained from an al-Qaeda leader being held in US custody. Full Story

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