Sept. 11 helper set to be released in Germany, deported

Moroccan 9/11 accomplice is granted early release from prison in Germany and will be deported to his homeland

  • Mounir el-Motassadeq, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for 9/11 attacks 
  • He will be released on 15 October and immediately flown home to Morocco 
  • The terrorist was found guilty of accessory to murder on 8 January 2007 

Mounir el-Motassadeq (pictured), 44, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for being an accessory to murder in the 9/11 attacks

A Moroccan 9/11 accomplice has been granted early release from prison in Germany and will be deported to his homeland. 

Mounir el-Motassadeq, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for being an accessory to murder and for being a member of a terrorist organisation where he lived in Hamburg.

He will be released on 15 October and immediately flown to Morocco where he has a wife and two children, reported Bild newspaper.

The terrorist was found guilty on 8 January 2007 and has been imprisoned since 2 May that year.

He lived in Hamburg from 1995 and studied electrical engineering at a college there after arriving in Germany in 1993.

El-Motassadeq was a member of a terrorist cell who planned terrorist acts against the West, especially against the US.

Members of the cell included Mohamed el Amir Awad Elsayed Atta, Marwan Yousef Mohamed Rashed Alshehhi and Ziad Samir Jarrah, who conducted and died in the 9/11 attacks, according to the UN.

Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes at 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001 in New York City

One member of the group, Ramzi Mohamed Abdullah Binalshibh is being held in Guantanamo Bay whilst two have reportedly died since the attacks. 

All three are suspected of being involved in the planning of the terror attacks in the US in 2001.


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Bild reported that el-Motassadeq was supposed to remain in prison until 19 January 2019.

The German Federal Court of Justice had previously denied his request for an early release in 2014 because he was still considered dangerous.

It is not reported why he has been granted early release.

Mounir el-Motassadeq, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for being an accessory to murder and for being a member of a terrorist organisation where he lived in Hamburg

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