Man who helped 9/11 terrorists released from prison early, seen smiling on plane ride
Mounir el Motassadeq was all smiles when he was released early from his 15-year sentence for his role in the September 11 attacks that claimed the lives of 2997 victims in 2001.
Moroccan man Mounir el Motassadeq was convicted of assisting the 9/11 terrorists and found guilty of 246 counts of accessory to murder, sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2006, but was released early and he sure had a lot to smile about.
He was set free early from Germany and banned from returning to the country until 2064. He was deported to Morocco.
El Motassadeq's role in the 9/11 terror attack was to serve as the treasurer for the terrorists. He handled the money and watched their back while they trained and plotted the attack. He was part of a group that was aware of the plot to hijack planes. It's reported that he also trained as well.
German courts ruled that he was part of the so-called “Hamburg cell” with ringleader Mohamed Atta and two of the other extremists, and was aware the three planned to hijack and crash planes — if not all the details of the plot, which took 2,997 lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
El Motassadeq, who admitted to training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, helped “watch the attackers’ backs and conceal them” by paying their tuition and rent so they could keep up appearances as students in Germany as they plotted, the court found.
He maintained that 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 German at a sentencing hearing.
“I swear by God that I did not know what they wanted to do.”
“He was found guilty of 246 counts of accessory to murder — one for each of the passengers who died on all the four hijacked flights that day,” Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was the pilot of the American Airlines plane that was flown into the Pentagon, told the Boston Herald at the time.
El Motassadeq is one of only two men convicted for Sept. 11.
The NY Post continued, stating that he was convicted in 2003 "of membership in a terrorist organization and thousands of counts of accessory to murder — accounting for all of those killed on the ground — but a federal court overturned the verdict in 2004 due to lack of evidence and sent the case back to Hamburg."
Fast forward to 2005 and he had a retrial. He was convicted again for the same thing, but he was also acquitted of being an accessory to murder because the attorney's did not have enough evidence to prove that he knew exactly what the hijackers would do.
He was given seven years hard time, but "freed in 2006 for an appeal", according to NY Post.
He was sentenced to seven years at the time, but was freed in 2006 for an appeal.
The federal court reversed his acquittal and said he knew what his friends planned to do when they hijacked the planes. However, that's when the judge only gave him the 246 counts of being the accessory to murder.
One for each of the 246 people who was a passenger on the hijacked planes and lost their lives.
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