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Witness to testify at Germany's retrial of 9/11 suspect
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-02 02:01:25

    BERLIN, Nov. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- A newly arrested German businessman with suspected al-Qaeda links, will testify this week at the retrial of accused Sept. 11 conspirator Mounir El Motassadeq.

    Mamoun Darkazanli, 46, will give evidence when the Motassadeq trial resumes in northern German city of Hamburg on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said on Monday.

    Darkazanli, to be extradited to Spain, was arrested at his homein Hamburg more than two weeks ago. The Syrian-born businessman was accused by Spanish Authorities of being "one of the key figures of the Al-Qaeda network."

    Motassadeq, 30, was studying in Hamburg when he became a friendof Mohammed Atta who later flew one of the two hijacked planes into New York's World Trade Center in 2001.

    Last year, the Hamburg State Court sentenced Motassadeq to 15 years in prison on charges of providing logistic help to an al-Qaeda cell in Hamburg.

    But the ruling was overturned in March by the Federal Constitutional Court, Germany's supreme court.

    Motassadeq's retrial began on Aug. 10. Enditem

    

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