Fifteen years behind bars for accessory to murdering 2,997 people.
Nice going, Germany. NOT.
That’s a real killer smile.
A Moroccan man convicted of helping the 9/11 terrorists carry out their plot flashed a huge grin as he flew home a free man on Monday after being released early from his meager sentence in Germany.
Mounir el Motassadeq was sentenced to just 15 years behind bars for accessory to murder in 2006, but received credit for time served after his initial arrest in 2001 — and was freed shortly before finishing even that stretch to be deported to his homeland.
German courts ruled that he was part of the so-called “Hamburg cell” with ringleader Mohamed Atta and two of the other extremists, and was aware the three planned to hijack and crash planes — if not all the details of the plot, which took 2,997 lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
El Motassadeq, who admitted to training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, helped “watch the attackers’ backs and conceal them” by paying their tuition and rent so they could keep up appearances as students in Germany as they plotted, the court found.
He maintained that he knew nothing of his friends’ plans to attack the US….
Victims’ loved ones were horrified when news that el Motassadeq would soon be free first broke in August.
“He was found guilty of 246 counts of accessory to murder — one for each of the passengers who died on all the four hijacked flights that day,” Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was the pilot of the American Airlines plane that was flown into the Pentagon, told the Boston Herald at the time.
“It’s shocking he only got 15 years and this sends the message the cost of human life is cheap in Germany.”….
Why didn’t Bush have him extradited to be tried here?
Was Germany against extradition because of concern about Guantanamo? Like those trials have been speedy.