KARLSRUHE, Germany - A German court on Thursday overturned the world's only conviction for the Sept. 11 attacks and ordered a retrial for a Moroccan found guilty last year of aiding the Hamburg cell of suicide hijackers.
Mounir el Motassadeq's conviction on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization was flawed because the lower court failed to properly consider the absence of evidence from a key witness who is in U.S. custody, the Federal Criminal Court ruled.
"The case is to be sent back to another panel of judges at the Hamburg court for a new trial and decision," presiding Judge Klaus Tolksdorf said in reading the verdict.
Three years. And in all the whole wide world, one conviction. And it was just overturned because the United States is withholding possibly exculpatory evidence.
Hey, when's the next Orangemas scheduled?