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9/11 terrorist convicted in Germany files appeal

[JURIST] Lawyers for Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who was convicted by a German court [JURIST report] last week for his involvement with the 9/11 attacks, said Tuesday that they have appealed the conviction. Motassadeq's lawyers claim the evidence linking him to the attacks was circumstantial and that he was not involved in the Hamburg-based terror cell of hijacker Mohammed Atta [Wikipedia profile]. In his first trial in 2003, Motassadeq was convicted on 3,000 charges of aiding and abetting murder and sentenced to 15-years in prison, but the decision was overturned and a new trial was ordered [JURIST report]. In his second trial, the court cleared Motassadeq of his direct involvement in the attacks, but sentenced him to seven years for membership in a terrorist organization. Deutsche Press Agentur has more.

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