Sept. 11 Hijackers’ Associate Freed
A Moroccan convicted of belonging to a terrorist cell that included three Sept. 11 hijackers was freed from prison after a federal court ruled he shouldn’t be jailed with appeals still pending. Mounir Motassadeq, 31, was sentenced in August to seven years by a court in Hamburg.
A statement by Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court said the lower court had been wrong to order Motassadeq returned to custody because appeals by both the defense and prosecutors were pending. No date has been announced for a hearing. The ruling does not affect the Moroccan’s conviction.