Moroccan el Motassadeq talks to lawyer Jacob before start of trial in Hamburg.
Moroccan Mounir el Motassadeq talks to his lawyer Udo Jacob (R) before the start of his trial in in the northern German town of Hamburg August 11, 2004. Captured al Qaeda leaders told U.S. interrogators that Motassadeq had no knowledge of the September 11 attack plans, the Hamburg court was told on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Justice provided the court with summaries from interrogations of Ramzi bin al-Shaibah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, which could help Motassadeq, accused of helping the 2001 suicide hijackers. Motassadeq was the first person convicted in connection with the 2001 attacks and was sentenced to 15 years jail in 2003 but was freed on appeal in March. REUTERS/Maurizio Gambarini/Pool CHA/JOH/SM