Berlin to expel 9/11 accomplice to Morocco: reports

Convicted 9/11 accomplice Mounir el Motassadeq will be deported to Morocco. (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2018

Berlin to expel 9/11 accomplice to Morocco: reports

  • Mounir el Motassadeq was sentenced in January 2007 by a German court to 15 years in jail for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks
  • The Moroccan was flown at midday Monday by helicopter from the Hamburg jail

BERLIN: Germany will Monday expel to Morocco a convicted Moroccan accomplice in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, media reported.
Mounir el Motassadeq was sentenced in January 2007 by a German court to 15 years in jail for his role in the death of 246 passengers and crew aboard hijacked aircraft used in the September 11 attacks.
He was the first person ever convicted for complicity in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The Moroccan was flown at midday Monday by helicopter from the Hamburg jail where he has been serving his prison term to Frankfurt, according to Spiegel Online and Bild daily.
Photographs carried by national news agency DPA showed Motassadeq, dressed in a checked shirt and beige trousers, being led blindfolded and handcuffed by two police officers to a waiting chopper.
He has admitted to having links to the hijackers, but he maintained his innocence in a five-year court battle.
The Moroccan was friends with members of a Hamburg-based cell including their leader Mohammed Atta, and helped to cover up their whereabouts while they were taking flying lessons in the United States and handled a bank transfer for them.


Philippines reports 3 new coronavirus deaths, 244 more cases

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Philippines reports 3 new coronavirus deaths, 244 more cases

  • Total deaths have reached 987 while confirmed cases have risen to 20,626
MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Friday confirmed three new coronavirus deaths and 244 more infections, the lowest single-day increase in cases in two weeks.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have reached 987 while confirmed cases have risen to 20,626. There are 4,330 patients who have recovered.