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Jury verdict on Moussaoui sentence
Zacarias Moussaoui testifies at his sentencing trial
Moussaoui's defence say he played no part in the 11 September attacks
A US jury has ruled that Zacarias Moussaoui - the only man charged over the 11 September attacks in the US - is eligible for the death penalty. He admitted six charges of conspiracy, four of which carry the death penalty.

Here is the jury's verdict as announced by Edward Adams, public information officer at the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

In the case of United States versus Zacarias Moussaoui, the jury has reached a verdict.

As to Count 1 - conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries - the jury was asked whether it unanimously finds that the government has established beyond a reasonable doubt the following four facts:

  • Number 1, the defendant was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offence. The jury answered "yes".

  • Number 2: the defendant intentionally participated in an act defined as lying to federal agents on 16-17 August 2001. The jury answered "yes".

  • Number 3: the defendant participated in the act, contemplating that the life of a person would be taken, or intending that lethal force would be used in connection with a person other than one of the participants in the offence. The jury answered "yes".

  • Number 4: at least one victim died on 11 September, 2001 as a direct result of the defendant's act. The jury answered "yes".

As to Count 3 - conspiracy to destroy aircraft, and Count 4 - conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, the same questions were asked, and the jury answered them the same way they did as to Count 1.

By this verdict, the jury has found that death is a possible sentence in this case.


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