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Mounir el Motassadeq

Hamburg Cell Associate

AffiliationHamburg Cell
Alternate Spelling(s)Mounir al-Motassadek
Date of BirthApril 3, 19742
Alternate Date of BirthApril 13, 1974
Place of BirthMarrakesh, Morocco2
Charged withAccessory to murder; membership in terrorist organization3
Charging authorityGermany
In connection with9-11
Charges issued2002
Case statusConvicted5
ConvictionsAccessory to Murder; Membership in a Terrorist Organization5
Sentence15 years imprisonment6
Case resolvedNov. 16, 2006
Narrative and Notes
  • He moved to Hamburg in 1995 and at some point became associated with other members of the Hamburg Cell. He helped conceal their trip to Afghanistan in 1999.
  • He signed Mohamed Atta's will and had power of attorney over Marwan al-Shehhi's bank account. He once covered Shehhi's tuition, allowing him to stay in Germany.
  • He had an address of Goeschenstr 13 in Hamburg in 2001.
  • He denied any foreknowledge of 9-11, and Ramzi Binalshibh, in interrogations, also said he was not a part of the plot.
  • He has gone back-and-forth through Germany's legal system, seeing convictions overturned and upheld.
  • In 2003, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for being an accessory to 3,000 counts of murder, but the verdict was overturned.
  • In a retrial, he was charged with membership in a terrorist organization and convicted to 7 years imprisonment, but a higher court ordered his early release.
  • However, on Nov. 16, 2006, Germany's highest criminal court concluded he had some foreknowledge of the plot and was therefore guilty of accessory to murder. A sentence is pending.
  • Attorneys sought information from U.S. interrogations of Ramzi Binalshibh and others, but defense attorneys argued the written reports produced by the Americans could have been obtained through torture. The U.S. government refused to allow Binalshibh to serve as a in-person witness for the trial.1,2,3,4,5
  • Witnesses recalled Motassadeq praising Hitler and organizing film sessions that included speeches by Osama bin Laden. He also once called Atta "our pilot."1,4
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 5.3.
    2 Finnish suspects list.
    3 'Profile: Mounir al-Motassadek.' BBC: Aug. 19, 2005.
    4 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
    5 Rach, Claudia. 'Sept. 11 Terrorist Found Guilty of Abetting Murder.' Bloomberg News: Nov. 16, 2006.
    6 "German Court Sentences Moroccan for 9/11 Role." The Associated Press: Jan. 8, 2007.
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