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German Judges Order a Retrial for 9/11 Figure

A German appeals court ordered a retrial on Thursday for Mounir el-Motassadeq, the only person successfully prosecuted for involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks. Complaining that crucial evidence had been withheld by the German and American authorities, a five-judge panel threw out the year-old conviction of Mr. Motassadeq and sent the case back to the lower court in Hamburg, which had sentenced him to 15 years in prison on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder. The presiding judge, Klaus Tolksdorf, said Mr. Motassadeq, a Moroccan, was denied a fair trial because the United States refused to allow testimony by Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a suspect in American captivity who is believed to have played a central role in the Sept. 11 plot. Full Story

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