Witness-Box Weirdness


Mzoudi, arriving at the Hamburg court, awaits a verdict this week

The Hamburg trial of Abdelghani Mzoudi, a 31-year-old Moroccan accused of helping the Sept. 11 hijackers, took a strange twist last week when the prosecution produced a surprise witness in a bushy brown wig and glasses. The witness, an Iranian who goes by the alias Hamid Reza Zakeri and who claims to be a former Iranian intelligence operative, testified that in 1997 Mzoudi spent three months at a training camp in Iran learning how to encrypt e-mail messages. Zakeri also said that Ziad Samir Jarrah, one of the Sept. 11 terrorists, received training in hijacking airplanes at an Iranian...

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