Moroccan-born El Motassadeq has spent nearly 15 years in jail after he was sentenced for his involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was convicted of being an Al Qaeda member, an accessory to murder, and an accomplice to 3,000 counts of murder.
Germany was supposed to release El Motassadeq in January 2019, but decided to delay his release. Germany deported him today to Morocco and banned him from re-entering Germany until 2064, according to German news outlet DW.
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El Motassadeq was the first and only member of the group that planned the attacks to have been convicted. He admitted to knowing the men who directly conducted the attacks and supporting them financially, but denied any knowledge of the plan. He claimed he had only done “favors for friends.”
He served his sentence in Hamburg’s Fuhlsbuettel prison where he gave an interview to author Anthony Summers in 2009. El Motassadeq admitted to spending time in a military training camp in Afghanistan in 2000.
Upon his deportation, it is expected El Motassadeq will rejoin his wife and three children who have been living with his extended family, who may live in Marrakech.