November 2005 - February 2006

November 2005 - February 2006


  • Germany, February 2006: Judicial authorities in Hamburg released Moroccan national Mounir El Motassadeq, 31, the only person to be convicted for the September 11 attacks. Motassadeq was first convicted in February 2003 of being an accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. In a retrial, he was found guilty in August 2005 of belonging to a terrorist organization and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. He was released from custody pending an appeal of the August 2005 ruling that removed the charge of accessory to murder.  


  • Algeria, March 2006: As part of a mass pardon, Algerian authorities released from prison Abdelhak Layada, a.k.a. Abu Adlane, one of the founding leaders of the Armed Islamic Group/GIA who had been sentenced to death, and Ali Belhadj, former deputy leader of the banned Islamic Salvation Front.


  • Spain, April 2006: Spain’s Supreme Court overturned a high court ruling that sentenced ETA members Premin Sampedro and Jesus Maria Goicoechea to fifteen years and six months imprisonment for a 2001 car bomb attack. They are currently serving nineteen-year terms for membership in a terrorist organization.


  • Kuwait, May 2006: A Kuwaiti court acquitted five former Guantanamo Bay detainees—Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi, Abdul-Aziz al-Shimmiri, Adel Zamel Abdul-Mohsen, Saad Madhi al-Azmi and Mohammed Fnaitil al-Dehani—of charges that they collected money for Al-Qaeda. The five Kuwaitis were released from U.S. detention in November 2005 and arrested upon their return to Kuwait.


  • Yemen, May 2006: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh pardoned Muslim preacher Yehia Hussein al-Daylami and Mohamed Meftah who had been sentenced to death and eight years imprisonment, respectively, for seeking to overthrow the Yemeni government and supporting radical Shiite militants.


  • Spain, June 2006: Spain’s high court acquitted Syrian-born Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, a.k.a. Abu Dahdah, of conspiring to help commit the September 11 attacks. The court upheld his September 2005 conviction and twelve-year sentence for belonging to a terrorist organization. The court also confirmed the acquittal of three others accused of belonging to or collaborating with Al-Qaeda—Moroccans Driss Chebli, Sadik Merizak and Abdelaziz Benyaich.


  • Arkansas, U.S., June 2006: A federal jury in Fayetteville acquitted Palestinian-American Arwah Jaber of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He was arrested and indicted after talking openly about joining Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The jury convicted the University of Arkansas graduate of five lesser charges: obtaining his naturalization unlawfully, making false statements on passport and immigration applications, and two counts of making false statement on credit card applications.

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