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Germany Deports Man for Aiding 9/11 Terrorists

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7Dnews London

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:53 GMT

Germany has deported a man after he was found guilty of helping the pilots who crashed their planes in New York and Washington during the September 11th attacks.

Mounir El Motassadeq, who comes from Morocco, was found to have assisted Mohamed Atta and the other Hamburg-based suicide pilots during the time when they were planning their attacks. He was deported back to Morocco on October 15th. 

El Motassadeq was convicted of membership of a terrorist organisation. He was also found guilty of the subsequent charge of being an accessory to the murder of the 246 passengers and crew on the four jetliners back in 2001.

"It's a good feeling to know that Mr Motassadeq is out of the country," said Hamburg's Interior Minister Andy Grote.

The condition for El Motassadeq being released before the end of his 15-year sentence was that he be deported to Morocco. By fulfilling this condition, German authorities will be able to re-arrest El Motassadeq should he ever return to Germany

It is still unclear what will be waiting for El Motassadeq when he arrives in Morocco.

El Motassadeq was convicted of being part of the so-called Hamburg cell. The other members of the cell included Atta and fellow September 11th pilots Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah.

German courts ruled that El Motassadeq was aware the three men planned to hijack and crash planes, even though he might not have been aware of the plot specifics. Prosecutors said El Motassadeq helped "watch the attackers' backs and conceal them".

According to AP, El Motassadeq acknowledged the fact that he had received training at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan, but insisted he knew nothing of his friends' plans to attack the US.

"I swear by God that I did know the attackers were in America," he shouted in accented German at a sentencing hearing. "I swear by God that I did not know what they wanted to do."

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