Congressman: Germany’s release of Sept. 11 money man ‘unfathomable’

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U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch is slamming Germany’s early release of a 9/11 money man, calling it “unfathomable” to set free someone who helped the hijackers who seized Flight 11 and Flight 175 out of Boston, launching the War on Terror.

Mounir el-Motassadeq — who paid tuition and rent for the al-Qaeda killers while they plotted in Hamburg — is being deported back to his native Morocco early. He was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years, but is being given credit for time served, German’s Bild newspaper reported Thursday. He was jailed in November 2001.

“This is extremely disappointing to say the least,” Lynch told the Herald yesterday.

“Mr. el-Motassadeq was involved in the mass murder of innocent American civilians,” Lynch added. “While I have worked with the German government on many other aspects of our war on terrorism, this decision is unfathomable.”

The deal to get el-Motassadeq out of Germany ahead of schedule so he can never return, said the sister of a murdered Sept. 11, 2001, pilot, is “pure bunk.”

“He was found guilty of 246 counts of accessory to murder — one for each of the passengers who died on all the four hijacked flights that day,” Debra Burlingame said. “It’s shocking he only got 15 years and this sends the message the cost of human life is cheap in Germany.”

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