Germany’s top appeal court opened the door to a retrial of the only man convicted anywhere in the world over the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States, setting a March date for a ruling on his appeal. The federal appeals court in Karlsruhe said that evidence submitted in the trial of Mounir El Motassadeq ought to have been much stronger given that the defendant did not have access to testimony from a key witness in US custody. “When state institutions block evidence and thereby stop it from being exhaustively collected by the court, then isn’t a particularly close examination of the evidence called for?” asked presiding judge Klaus Tolksdorf. Full Story
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