A witness at the trial of a September 11 terror suspect has been pressed by a judge about her memory that one of the hijackers predicted an attack on the US.
Testimony by librarian Angela Duile could be vital in proving terror charges against Abdelghani Mzoudi - who is accused of supporting the Hamburg al-Qaida cell that included three of the pilots on September 11, 2001.
Mzoudi, 30, faces the same charges as his friend and fellow Moroccan Mounir el Motassadeq.
Motassadeq was convicted in February and sentenced to the maximum 15 years on 3,066 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organisation.
Duile today recalled an anti-American outburst in May or June 1999 by September 11 hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi at the Hamburg library where she worked.
"I don't know how it happened. It was really spewing forth," she testified. "And then he said something will happen, you'll see. There will be thousands of dead. I believe the words World Trade Centre also were mentioned."
Pressed by Hamburg Judge Klaus Ruehle, she said: "I believe the words were mentioned, but I could not say it 100%."
She stood by her account, explaining that she was just leaving work when she ran into al-Shehhi and remembered asking a friend immediately afterwards what the World Trade Centre was.
Al-Shehhi lived and studied in Hamburg along with fellow suicide pilots Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah. Mzoudi is accused of providing logistical help to their cell.
© Associated Press
Story filed: 13:53 Thursday 28th August 2003
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