Germany: 11 September trial collapses



The trial of Abdelghani Mzoudi, a Moroccan accused of plotting the attacks on 11 September 2001, in Germany has collapsed. This followed evidence supplied by the USA to the German government from the questioning of Ramzi bin al-Shibh (who was arrested in Pakistan last year and is in US custody) was made available to the judge in the case. The judge, Klaus Ruhle, said that: "if there was any doubt, he has to be released". The evidence from the interrogation on Shibh is believed to show that only three people were involved, Shibh himself and the two Hamburg-based hijackers of the planes.

The only person so far to have been convicted in relation to 11 September is now to appeal. Mounir el-Motassadeq was convicted by a Hamburg court last year and his lawyers had been refused access to the Shibh evidence.

Source: Guardian, 12.12.03

UK: Police says 500 people arrested under terror laws



The Metropolitan Police stated (12.12.03) that 500 people had been arrested under anti-terrorist laws since 11 September 2001. 90 have been charged with "terrorist offences" (though none of these is substantive and many concern making false documents), 100 have have charged with "other crimes" (that is, nothing to do with terrorism) and 50 have been handed over to the immigration service. 260 people have been arrested and released without charge.

Source: Guardian, 12.12.03


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