German Court Gives Moroccan Max for 9/11

Posted Jan 8, 2007 by Carolyn E. Price

Mounir el Motassadeq given 15 years for "accessory to murder"
Mounir el Motassadeq, a 32-years-old Moroccan man, who was convicted as an accessory to murder in the September 11, 2001, attacks was sentenced today to 15 years in prison (the maximum).
In November of 2006, a federal appeals court had convicted Mr. El Motassadeq of knowingly helping the hijackers and sent the case to a state court in Hamburg for sentencing.
Just before Monday's verdict, the defendant spoke with an American whose mother died on board one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. Dominic Puopolo Jr., a co-plaintiff in the case urged the judges to consider the "human and emotional cost" of the 2001 attacks.
"Anyone who helped in this has earned stiff punishment," presiding Judge Carsten Beckmann said after announcing Monday's verdict. When the court granted Mr. El Motassadeq a final chance to speak, the slightly built, bearded man turned to Puopolo to say, "I understand your suffering. ... The same thing is being done to me, my kids, my parents, my family - my future is ruined." "You have a chance to rebuild your life and be back with your family. Others don't," Puopolo said. "Your life is not over, but my mom's is."
Thankfully, this man has been tried and convicted, receiving the maximum sentence allowable for this crime.