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Cash Connection, Germans Nab Hijack Suspect

Cash Connection, Germans Nab Hijack Suspect

Author: Christel Kucharz
Publication: www.abcnews.com
Date: November 28, 2001
URL: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/WTC_Investigation.html

Berlin, Nov. 28 - German police today arrested a man accused of keeping a bank account that financed Sept. 11 hijackers.

The 27-year-old Moroccan national, named only as "Mounir El M.," was arrested in Hamburg, the German Federal Prosecutors Office said in a prepared statement.

El M. allegedly had "intensive contacts" over a period of years with members of a terrorist cell in Hamburg and held a bank account used by Marwan Al-Shehhi, presumed killed as one of the suicide hijackers who piloted United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Officials said the account, from a Hamburg bank, was used to finance Al-Shehhi and other members of the terrorist group, including suspected ringleader Mohamed Atta, who also was on Flight 175, and Ziad Jarrah, a Lebanese man believed to have been flying United Airlines Flight 93 when it slammed into a field in Pennsylvania.

"Large sums of money" were regularly paid into the account from May 2000 to November 2000, according to the statement, and were used to support Al-Shehhi during his stay in the United States. Prosecutors believe the cash also helped pay for his flight-training classes in Florida.

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