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  • In Shadow of 9/11, Hamburg Tracks Atta Contacts

    09/22/2004 9:47:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 22 2004 | Mark Trevelyan/Reuters
    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - The balding young man with the black beard raised his hands to cover his face as three visitors entered the room. Abdelghani Mzoudi is no stranger to the world's front pages and television screens after a six-month trial that saw him acquitted this year of aiding and abetting the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. But he does not like to be recognized, still less to speak to the press. In a drab canteen at Hamburg's Al Quds mosque, housed in an anonymous grey-tiled building with a fitness club on the ground floor, the 31-year-old...
  • Terrorist tapes found under CIA desk

    08/17/2010 2:29:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/17/2010
    The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed to be the only remaining recordings made within the clandestine prison system. The tapes depict Binalshibh’s interrogation sessions at a Moroccan-run facility the CIA used near Rabat in 2002, several current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the recordings remain a closely...
  • Lawyers worry about 9/11 convict's future (Hamburg al-Qaida cell)

    06/05/2005 10:57:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/5/05 | David Rising - AP
    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - Lawyers for the first person convicted in the Sept. 11 plot say they believe new evidence from the U.S. will allow him to beat charges that he helped the Hamburg al-Qaida cell plan the attacks - but fear acquittal here may put Mounir el Motassadeq in U.S. custody. If el Motassadeq is found not guilty after a yearlong retrial that ends this summer, German authorities say they'll send him to his native Morocco - a move defense attorneys say could result in his transfer to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or elsewhere. El Motassadeq's...
  • U.S. Pledges to Share Evidence as 9/11 Retrial Begins in Germany

    08/10/2004 3:07:48 PM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 588+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2004 | MARK LANDLER
    HAMBURG, Germany, Aug. 10 — A German court today began a retrial of Mounir el-Motassadeq, the only person convicted of involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with the disclosure that the United States will for the first time share evidence about the plot. Mr. Motassadeq's conviction was thrown out in March by an appeals court, which said that critical evidence had been withheld by American authorities. After having been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Mr. Motassadeq was freed in April. The decision by the United States to offer limited cooperation to the Germans introduces a combustible element to...
  • Bin Laden guard may be Moussaoui witness

    12/02/2004 11:35:29 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 425+ views
    AP Wire | December 02 2004 | JOACHIM SONDERMANN/AP
    DUESSELDORF, Germany -- A Jordanian man who claims he was Osama bin Laden's bodyguard was questioned by U.S. officials who are considering having him testify at the Virginia trial of terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui, the man's attorney said Thursday. Shadi Abdellah, 28, sentenced last November to four years in prison for helping plan terror attacks in Germany, was granted early release last month after serving more than half the time, including in pretrial custody. While in prison, he served as a government witness in several trials, including that of his alleged co-plotters in the German cell of the Tawhid and...
  • Germany Moves to Deport Sept. 11 Suspects

    07/13/2004 6:54:20 AM PDT · by TexKat · 3 replies · 466+ views
    AP ^ | 7/13/04 | DAVID RISING
    BERLIN - Two suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks will be deported to their native Morocco, authorities said Tuesday, including one who is awaiting a new trial after being sentenced to 15 years for helping the al-Qaida suicide pilots. Both Abdelghani Mzoudi and Mounir el Motassadeq were served with the notice Monday, said ministry spokesman Marco Haase, the first step in what is expected to be a lengthy process that will take place only after all the appeals in their cases go through. Mzoudi, 31, was acquitted in February on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership...
  • Man Acquitted of 9/11 Charges [Judge: Trial hurt by U.S. refusals on evidence]

    02/06/2004 2:02:57 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 5 replies · 171+ views
    February 6, 2004 | THE WASHINGTON POST
    Hamburg, Germany - A Moroccan man accused of helping set up the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was acquitted yesterday by a Hamburg court whose chief judge said the trial had been seriously complicated by lack of access to intelligence agency files and al-Qaida members in U.S. custody. Defendant Abdelghani Mzoudi was found not guilty "even though intelligence services may have information against him," chief judge Klaus Ruehle said. "One of the main problems in this trial was that it was not possible to get files from intelligence services." snip Mzoudi is only the second person anywhere to be tried...
  • Faulting U.S., Germany Frees a 9/11 Suspect

    02/06/2004 12:21:14 AM PST · by Ranger · 19 replies · 164+ views
    nyt ^ | 2/6/04 | DESMOND BUTLER
    AMBURG, Germany, Feb. 5 — Citing a refusal by the United States to allow testimony from a suspected member of Al Qaeda in its custody, a German court on Thursday acquitted a former roommate of Mohamed Atta who was accused of providing support to suicide pilots in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.     The court cleared Abdelghani Mzoudi, the second suspect to be tried for involvement in the attacks, of accessory to murder and membership in Al Qaeda.Mr. Mzoudi, 31, who arrived in Germany from his native Morocco in 1995 to study electrical engineering, sat quietly in a colorful...
  • Hijacker's friend cleared in 9/11 deadly attacks

    02/05/2004 10:58:35 PM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 102+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/04 | Geir Moulson, AP
    <p>HAMBURG, Germany — A Moroccan who signed the will of the lead September 11 hijacker was acquitted yesterday of helping the plotters of the attacks, ending weeks of wrangling by prosecutors trying to salvage their case with new evidence and testimony.</p>
  • SEPT 11 SUSPECT ACQUITTED

    02/05/2004 6:59:04 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 181+ views
    Sky News ^ | 2-5-2004
    SEPT 11 SUSPECT ACQUITTED A Moroccan man accused of helping the September 11 suicide hijackers has been acquitted by a German court. Abdelghani Mzoudi, 31, had been charged in Germany's second major 9/11 trial with aiding and abetting the murder of several thousand people and being a member of a terrorist organisation, the Hamburg cell of al Qaeda. The court pronounced its verdict despite a last-minute bid by lawyers for victims' families to delay it, claiming alleged new evidence linked to the case of accused September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui in the United States. They are appealing against the verdict....
  • German court acquits 9/11 terror suspect

    02/05/2004 3:16:00 AM PST · by kattracks · 138 replies · 776+ views
    AP | 2/05/04
    The Associated Press 2/5/2004, 5:51 a.m. ET HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — A Hamburg court on Thursday acquitted a Moroccan man accused of helping the Sept. 11 hijackers after a 5 1/2-month trial that was only the second anywhere of a suspect in the attacks. Abdelghani Mzoudi, 31, had no visible reaction as presiding Judge Klaus Ruehle read the verdict to the court, keeping his arms folded and looking down toward the floor. Prosecutors had sought the maximum 15 years in prison on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Last February, similar evidence...
  • Judge considers 9/11 trial delay

    02/05/2004 2:14:35 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 110+ views
    <p>HAMBURG, Germany (CNN) -- A German judge is considering a request to delay the verdict for Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi, a Moroccan Muslim accused of assisting the September 11 hijackers.</p> <p>Judge Klaus Ruehle is expected to rule by 11 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Thursday on the continuance request from Andreas Schultz, a lawyer representing family members of September 11 victims.</p>
  • Defector Testifies Against Terror Suspect

    01/31/2004 3:14:47 PM PST · by Lessismore · 2 replies · 114+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2004
    Mzoudi was a liaison to al Qaeda, witness said. A man claiming to be a former Iranian spy testified Friday that Abdelghani Mzoudi, the second man to be tried for an alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks, was involved in the preparations to hit the World Trade Center. The witness, who goes by the alias Hamid Reza Zakeri, took the stand at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in Hamburg and claimed that Mzoudi, was "responsible for part of the organization" of the suicide attacks that destroyed the twin towers in New York and damaged the Pentagon. Zakeri testified Mzoudi...
  • Germany: September 11 Accused Got Training in Iran - Defector

    01/30/2004 10:33:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 483+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 31 2004 | Philip Blenkinsop
    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A Moroccan accused of helping the September 11 suicide hijackers received training in encryption techniques at an al Qaeda camp in Iran in 1997, an Iranian defector said on Friday. But his testimony to a German court was promptly undercut by comments from Germany's intelligence services, who questioned his credibility and said his evidence was worth very little. Hamid Reza Zakeri, the cover name of a man who says he worked in Iranian intelligence and defected in 2001, was testifying toward the end of Germany's second major trial of suspected members of al Qaeda's Hamburg cell....
  • German Secret Service: U.S. Warned of 9/11 Attack

    01/26/2004 9:41:39 PM PST · by CMClay · 14 replies · 208+ views
    guardian.co.uk/usa/ ^ | Jan 24, 2004 | Ben Aris
    German Trial Hears How Iranian Agent  Warned U.S. of Impending al-Qaida Attack  By Ben Aris  The Guardian  Saturday 24 January 2004  The United States was warned of impending September 11 terrorist attacks by an Iranian spy, but ignored him, German secret service agents testified yesterday in the trial of an alleged al-Qaida terrorist.  The spy, identified as Hamid Reza Zakeri, tried to warn the CIA after leaving Iran in 2001, but was not believed, two German officers who interviewed him told the Hamburg court.  Zakeri worked in the department of the Iranian secret services responsible for "carrying out terrorist attacks globally", one of the officers said. Prosecutors...
  • Defector says Iran involved in 9/11

    01/24/2004 2:37:09 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 170+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 24, 2004`
    An Iranian defector, Hamid Reza Zakeri, told German police that Iran was involved in the September 11th attacks, the Chicago Tribune reported. Zakeri, 28, was providing testimony in the trial of accused plotter Abdel-Ghani Mzoudi, a Moroccan student who lived in Hamburg and was friends with three of the four suicide pilots. According to the defector, the attacks were an al-Qaida/Iranian joint venture, for which ultimate responsibility lay with a man named Saif al-Adel, a Hizbullah official in Iran. The testimony was greeted with pronounced skepticism by some German intelligence officials, saying that it "looks a little bit constructed."...
  • German trial hears how Iranian agent warned US of impending al-Qaida attack

    01/24/2004 12:34:27 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 12 replies · 147+ views
    Guardian ^ | 24 Jan 2004 | Ben Aris
    The United States was warned of impending September 11 terrorist attacks by an Iranian spy, but ignored him, German secret service agents testified yesterday in the trial of an alleged al-Qaida terrorist. The spy, identified as Hamid Reza Zakeri, tried to warn the CIA after leaving Iran in 2001, but was not believed, two German officers who interviewed him told the Hamburg court. Zakeri worked in the department of the Iranian secret services responsible for "carrying out terrorist attacks globally", one of the officers said. Prosecutors called the spy as a surprise witness against a Moroccan man, Abdelghani Mzoudi, who...
  • Defector links Iran to 9-11: Surprise witness claims attack (Iran-Qaeda) 'joint venture'

    01/23/2004 12:51:34 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 121+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, January 23, 2004
    DAY OF INFAMY 2001 Defector links Iran to 9-11 Surprise witness claims attack 'joint venture' between Tehran, al-Qaida Posted: January 23, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A surprise witness in the trial of a man charged as an accomplice of the Sept. 11 hijackers stunned a German court by claiming the terrorist plot was a "joint venture" between al-Qaida and the Iranian government. Hamid Reza Zakeri, who claims to have been a longtime member of the Iranian intelligence service, also implicated the defendant, a 31-year-old former Moroccan student named Abdelghani Mzoud, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing sources familiar with the testimony....
  • Ex-spy links Iran to al Qaeda pre 9/11, court told

    01/22/2004 9:55:59 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 129+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 22, 2004 | Jan Schwartz
    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Iran's secret service had contacts with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ahead of the September 11 attacks on the United States, a German court heard on Thursday. Two members of Germany's Federal Criminal Police told a court in Hamburg a former Iranian spy had informed them of the contacts and had also said he tried to warn Washington about the attacks in mid-2001, but that the CIA had not believed him. The police officers were speaking at the trial of a Moroccan accused of aiding the September 11 attacks. The Iranian, identified only by his...
  • Iran initiated 9/11 attacks’

    01/22/2004 8:01:22 AM PST · by Dog · 90 replies · 220+ views
    Expatica.com ^ | January 22 2004 | unknown
    Iran initiated 9/11 attacks’ 22 January 2004 HAMBURG – The Iranian intelligence service was the initiator of the 11 September 2001 suicide-jet attacks on New York and Washington, according to a defector quoted Thursday by German police at the Hamburg terrorist trial.One Federal Crime Office interrogator said he had taken down a statement in Berlin on Monday from a former Iranian agent who insisted that Iran had employed Saudi radical Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network to carry out the attacks. The defector could not appear himself in court because he had been promised anonymity, two police officers told the trial...