A terrorist connected to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks was released from prison this week after serving a 15-year sentence in Germany.
Mounir el Motassadeq, who was convicted of accessory to murder charges in 2006, reportedly functioned as “treasurer” for the Al Qaeda operation that targeted the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the White House, the Daily Mail reported.
Abschiebung von Mounir el Motassadeq: Der weltweit erste angeklagte und verurteilte Helfer der Attentäter des 11. September 2001 ist auf dem Weg in die Freiheit https://t.co/lZ7aVLNF5X via @welt pic.twitter.com/RBOdk6s2G9
— WELT Hamburg (@welt_hh) October 15, 2018
A 9/11 terrorist is treated like a “hero” after he is released early pic.twitter.com/Y4OQyFxeBX
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His early released can be partially attributed to credit he received for time served after his initial arrest in 2001, according the Fox News. He was freed shortly before his official sentence ended to be deported to his home country of Morocco.
On Wednesday, the 44-year-old returned to his hometown, in a suburb of Marrakesh, where his wife and children awaited him. The terrorist who helped arrange the deaths of thousands of civilians was reportedly greeted with a hearty “hero’s welcome” by community members. Elated well-wishers awaited him as he returned home from his local mosque.
According to the Daily Mail, el Motassadeq was friends in Germany with jihadist Mohamed Atta, who crashed a plane into the North Tower and helped lead the Hamburg Al Qaeda cell that devised the evil operation.
Only one other man was convicted over the 2001 attacks. Zacarias Moussaoui is serving six life sentences in an American maximum security prison after admitting his role in the event.