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Zacarias Moussaoui plays with death

Morocco Hamlet solving dilemma: to live or not to live
Zacarias Moussaoui, the man accused of organizing the Sept.11 terrorism attacks won’t admit his guilt. At the previous sitting last Friday, Moussaoui, who had been always rejecting his guilt, unexpectedly testified.

He said, he actually was an al-Qaeda militant and vowed fidelity to Osama bin Laden. He made the confession and believed that would save his life. When an accused admits his guilt and agrees to help the investigation, usually even the most severe verdict is substituted with a long or life imprisonment.

However, the case of Zacarias Moussaoui is particular: the man is accused of committing grave crimes, and the sentence will not be relaxed. The prosecutor is dreaming of putting Zacarias Moussaoui on an electric chair. Moussaoui rejected assistance of attorneys, as he decided to defend himself. His rejection of guilt is unlikely to save him from death, but will certainly delay the trial for an uncertain period. The prosecutor will have to collect evidences once again, and motives and wishes are no enough for this.

The trial is to be even more complicated, because the main witness, 24-year-old Hussein al-Attas rejected his previous statements the other day. His evidence was the basic for bringing accusations against Moussaoui. On Monday, Hussein al-Attas pleaded guilty of giving false statements.

So, there is probably a chance that the confession may help Moussaoui. If the liar can’t be believed, is not it possible that Hussein al-Attas slan-dered Moussaoui to save himself?

Yegor Belous PRAVDA.Ru

Translated by Maria Gousseva

Read the original in Russian: http://pravda.ru/main/2002/07/26/44751.html

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