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Thursday, April 29, 2004

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Madrid Suspect Indicted on 9/11 Charges
Europe AP: A Moroccan sought in connection with last month's Madrid train bombings was indicted Wednesday on charges of helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks.

Amer Azizi helped organize a meeting in northeast Spain in July 2001 that key plotters in the U.S. attacks, including suspect suicide pilot Mohamed Atta, used to finalize details, Judge Baltasar Garzon said. Azizi provided lodging for people who attended the July 2001 meeting in the Tarragona region of Spain and acted as a courier, passing on messages between plotters, Garzon said in the indictment.

The new indictment is based on information provided by authorities in Britain, Turkey, and the U.S.

Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen, remains the only person charged in the United States as a conspirator in the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui, who is awaiting trial in Virginia, has admitted belonging to al-Qaida but denied he was part of the terror plot.

Earlier this month, the only Sept. 11 suspect ever convicted walked out of a German jail less than 2 1/2 years into his 15-year sentence after judges ruled the evidence was too weak to hold him pending a retrial.

Mounir el Motassadeq, a 30-year-old Moroccan, was convicted on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. But that conviction was overturned last month by a German court.
See also UK/AFP: Police free last of Manchester terror suspects.