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Justice In Germany? By: Stephen Brown
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, January 16, 2007

"I understand your sorrow.”

It’s a new level of cruelty. After helping to murder American Dominic Puopolo’s beloved mother, Sonia, on 9/11, Islamist conspirator Mounir el Motassadeq brazenly began to shed crocodile tears in a Hamburg courtroom last Monday at his sentencing hearing. His revolting words above were directed at the suffering son, who was present in the courtroom, immediately after the Muslim extremist had received a fifteen-year prison term for his part in the infamous terrorist plot that killed more than 3,000 people. And incredibly, as if to add insult to injury, the al Qaeda terrorist then told Puopolo the same suffering was being inflicted on him and his family. Hardly!


Terrified and, according to Dominic, after having been tortured, Sonia Puopolo perished on American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. Since then, her devoted son has dedicated himself to getting justice for his mother and the other victims of that barbarous act. Puopolo had even moved to Germany for a year, believing his presence would help obtain a conviction against Motassadeq. And it did last fall, more than five years after that day of outrage.


Vastly underreported by the North American media, Motassadeq, 32, a Moroccan, was convicted last November in a third trial of belonging to a terrorist organization and of being an accessory to murder in 246 cases (the number of people who died on the hijacked airliners). Convictions in two earlier trials had been reversed. The fanatical Moroccan jihadist had belonged to the ‘Hamburg cell’ of 9/11 suicide pilots Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, a fact he always denied.


And while small consolation, Puopolo at least had the satisfaction of witnessing the al Qaeda cell member receive a fifteen–year sentence, the maximum allowed under German law. In his sentencing comments, the Hamburg judge, Carsten Beckmann said a powerful injustice had taken place, from which Motassadeq could not distance himself.


“Whoever helps to murder 246 human beings is already on the upper end of the surveyor’s rod,” said the judge.


However, despite the evidence against him, Motassadeq shamelessly maintained his innocence to the very end. But the German prosecution said while the Moroccan may not have known all the details about the 9/11 plot, he definitely knew it would involve a lot of deaths, adding the Islamist terrorist certainly was aware of the impending airliner hijackings. And the evidence that convicted the Muslim radical bears this out.  


At one point during the 9/11 plot, when the suicide pilots were already in the United States, the Moroccan mass murderer apparently told a friend that the Hamburg cell members in America “…want to do something big. The Jews will burn and we will dance on their graves.” Lovely!


Moreover, the Moroccan jihadist was one of the signatories to Atta’s will, indicating how close he was to the 9/11 plot’s evil, operational leader. According to Puopulo, Motassadeq also used to introduce Atta to others as “our pilot” a year before 9/11.


Motassadeq and fellow Moroccan and Hamburg cell member, Abdelghani Mzoudi, were called “facilitators” for the suicide pilots both in Germany and when they were in the United States. The two Moroccans were involved in the logistical and financial side of the plot that included sending money to the death pilots when they were at flight schools in Florida. Asked why he had wired money to suicide pilot al Shehhi in America, Motassadeq replied: “I’m a nice person; that’s the way I am.” Again, hardly!


The Hamburg prosecutor, Walter Hemberger, said Motassadeq’s behavior on the witness stand was based on lying right from the start. Moreover, the former electrical engineering student, who attended a Hamburg university, had never shown any sympathy whatsoever for 9/11’s victims. Puopulo goes even further, having previously described Motassadeq as caring nothing for human life, both for Americans or Muslims who disagree with him.


But Puopolo also gets to the core of the whole matter when, in an essay written earlier, he calls Motassadeq and his fellow conspirators what they really are: murderers.


“[T]hey are not martyrs,” he wrote, “yet simple homicidal maniacs consumed with the lust of imposing their willpower over our democratic principles and ideas.” Shakespeare couldn’t have put it better.


Meanwhile, Motassadeq’s lawyers plan to appeal his sentence to the European court. Their client, however, still crying his crocodile tears at the hearing, maintained his future has now been “ruined.” To which Puopulo justly and accurately replied: “Your life is not over, but my mom’s is."


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Stephen Brown is a contributing editor at Frontpagemag.com. He has a graduate degree in Russian and Eastern European history. Email him at alsolzh@hotmail.com.

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