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    Court quashes only 9/11 conviction http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=255202004 A GERMAN court has quashed the only conviction made in connection
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      Court quashes only 9/11 conviction
      http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=255202004


      A GERMAN court has quashed the only conviction made in
      connection with the September 11 terror attacks.

      The Federal Criminal Court ruled that Moroccan Mounir
      el Motassadeq's case should be sent back to a lower
      court "for a new trial and decision".

      Last year, a court ruled that el Motassadeq was a
      member of a cell of al-Qaida suicide hijackers based
      at Hamburg University.

      Another Moroccan man, Abdelghani Mzoudi, was acquitted
      a month ago on similar charges.

      El Motassadeq was originally convicted on more than
      3000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a
      terrorist organisation. The 29-year-old's case was
      sent back to a lower Hamburg court. "The case is to be
      sent back to another panel of judges at the Hamburg
      court for a new trial and decision," presiding judge
      Klaus Tolksdorf said.

      El Motassadeq is serving a 15-year prison sentence
      after a Hamburg court convicted him in February 2003
      of giving logistical support to the Hamburg-based
      al-Qaida cell that included September 11 suicide
      hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad
      Jarrah.

      An electrical engineering student, el Motassadeq has
      denied the charges. His lawyers had asked the appeals
      court for acquittal or a retrial, alleging el
      Motassadeq was wrongly convicted because the United
      States refused to allow court testimony by Ramzi
      Binalshibh, thought to be the Hamburg cell's key
      contact with al-Qaida.

      Binalshibh was captured in Pakistan on the anniversary
      of the September 11, 2001 attacks and is in secret US
      custody.

      Today's ruling is a new setback for German prosecutors
      after the Hamburg court last month acquitted Mzoudi of
      identical charges for lack of evidence.

      • The SNP is to put Tony Blair on the spot over his
      refusal to publish next week Attorney General Lord
      Goldsmith's advice on whether the war in Iraq was
      legally justified.

      Along with their Welsh nationalist colleagues Plaid
      Cymru they are to stage a special Commons debate on
      the issue.

      http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=255202004

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