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Profile: Abdelghani Mzoudi


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May 9, 2003: Mzoudi Is Charged for Role in 9/11 Attacks      Complete 911 Timeline

Abdelghani Mzoudi.
Abdelghani Mzoudi is charged in Germany for an alleged role in the 9/11 plot. The 30-year-old electrical engineering student from Morocco is accused of accessory to murder and membership of a terrorist organization. He is alleged to have trained in Afghanistan, transferred money, and provided other logistical support to his fellow cell members involved in the 9/11 attacks. Mzoudi had known lead hijacker Mohamed Atta since 1996 and had roomed with Mounir el Motassadeq, another Moroccan who was convicted of the same charges. Mzoudi denies any involvement in the hijacking plans. [Associated Press, 5/9/03; Washington Post, 5/10/03; Washington Post, 8/15/03] In Mzoudi's trial, which begins in August 2003, his lawyers say they may explore theories during the trial about how the 9/11 attacks suspiciously served the foreign policy goals of US conservatives. One defense attorney says, “As I take a close look at the results of the investigations through my glasses, I find anomalies that are immediately apparent. They begin with passenger lists that include the Arabic names of people who are still very much alive today.” [Der Spiegel, 9/8/03; Washington Post, 8/15/03]
People and organizations involved: Germany, Mohamed Atta, Mounir el-Motassadeq, Abdelghani Mzoudi

December 11, 2003: Secret Testimony Leads to Release of Mzoudi      Complete 911 Timeline

       Abdelghani Mzoudi, charged by the German government in assisting the 9/11 plot, is released from custody, pending completion of his trial. Mzoudi is released on bail following evidence submitted by Germany's federal criminal office of secret testimony from an unnamed informant who says that Mzoudi was not involved with the planning for the attacks. The presiding judge in the case identifies captured al-Qaeda operative Ramzi Bin al-Shibh as the likely source of the testimony [BBC, 1/21/04; Chicago Tribune, 1/22/04; Reuters, 1/22/04; Guardian, 12/12/03] Presumably, this information comes from the US government. However, US authorities have repeatedly rejected German attempts to have bin al-Shibh appear in court for his testimony to be examined. [Associated Press, 10/23/03; Agence France-Presse, 1/22/04]
People and organizations involved: Germany, United States, Abdelghani Mzoudi, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh

January 22, 2004: Iranian Spy Gives Evidence at Mzoudi Trial; Is Quickly Discounted      Complete 911 Timeline

       The prosecution in the trial of Abdelghani Mzoudi presents a witness who claims to be a defector from an Iranian intelligence agency. [BBC, 1/21/04] The witness, Hamid Reza Zakeri, does not appear in court himself, but instead Judge Klaus Ruehle reads out his testimony. [Reuters, 1/22/04] According to Zakeri, the Iranian intelligence service was really behind the 9/11 attacks and had employed al-Qaeda to carry them out. Zakeri's claims are widely publicized. However, these claims are quickly discounted, and German intelligence notes that, “he presents himself as a witness on any theme which can bring him benefit.” [Chicago Tribune, 1/22/04; Associated Press, 1/30/04; Reuters, 1/22/04; Deutsche Presse-Agenteur, 1/22/04]
People and organizations involved: al-Qaeda, Hamid Reza Zakeri, Iran, Abdelghani Mzoudi

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