Jerome a Paris cite le Wall Street Journal (payant) :

Justice for a Terrorist, German-Style

The "war" on terror doesn't play well in Europe, where fighting al Qaeda is more likely to be viewed as a job for the justice system. If so, the protracted trial of 9/11 terrorist buddy Mounir el Motassadeq, which ended yesterday in Germany, is not one of the system's finest moments.

Motassadeq was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the maximum possible under German law, for being an accessory to murder in the September 11, 2001 attacks against America. He was a friend of three of the hijackers, looking after their apartments and arranging money transfers and logistics. [...]

Germany isn't the only Western country to discover that ordinary courts of law, with their rules of evidence designed for civil societies in peace time, are ill-equipped for fighting Islamist terrorism. It took five years to convict Zacarias Moussaoui in the U.S. In Spain, Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, accused of having helped the September 11 plotters, was acquitted on appeal. He's serving a 12-year sentence for being an al Qaeda leader.

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