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 9/11 Hijacker Friend To Be Sentenced On Monday, accessory to mass murder,
Posted: Jan 5 2007, 01:21 PM

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HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A German court on Monday will sentence a Moroccan friend of the September 11 hijackers who was found guilty last year of being an accessory to mass murder, the court said on Friday.

Mounir El Motassadeq, a member of a group of radical Arab students in Hamburg who organized the 2001 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died, faces up to 15 years in prison.

Germany's top appeals court in Karlsruhe had in November found Motassadeq guilty of abetting the murder of 246 passengers and crew who died on four planes that crashed on September 11, 2001.

Lawyers for the Moroccan had demanded the suspension of the first hearing in Hamburg on Friday, at which Motassadeq was present. His lawyer accused the court of being unconstitutional because it was set up specifically for the hearing.

"We are dealing with an extraordinary court which has been formed exclusively for El Motassadeq," Ladislav Anisic told German broadcaster N24.

"What is happening here goes against our constitution."

Motassadeq, 32, is one of only two people convicted of involvement in the September 11 attacks. Continued...

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