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Motassadek was handed a 12 year jail term

Mounir al-Motassadek is sentenced to 12 years in prison by a court in Germany which rules that he played an active role in assisting the 11 September hijackers.

Prosecutors believe Motassadek acted as the group's "treasurer", handling funds for the living expenses of some of the hijackers who underwent flight training in the US for the 11 September attacks.

Motassadek shared a flat in Hamburg with suspected chief hijacker Mohammed Atta and managed the bank account of one of the hijackers, Marwan al-Shehhi.

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First 11 September suspect jailed

Anti-aircraft missile batteries are placed around Washington and troops are deployed to guard Heathrow airport in London amid fears of an imminent al-Qaeda attack.

The move follows the broadcast of a taped message purportedly from Osama Bin Laden calling for Muslims to attack US and British targets in retaliation for any attack on Iraq.

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