Only 9/11 attack convict renouncing terrorism and Bin Laden

WION Web Team New York, United States May 21, 2020, 11.45 AM(IST)

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He is serving his life sentence at a federal prison in Colorado after narrowly escaping the death penalty at his 2006 trial.

The only man ever convicted in the 9/11 attack in the US, Zacarias Moussaoui, has said that he is renouncing al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

In a handwritten court motion Moussaoui filed with the federal court in Alexandria last month, Moussaoui wrote: ''I denounce, repudiate Osama bin Laden as a useful idiot of the CIA/Saudi. I also proclaim unequivocally my opposition to any terrorist action, attack, propaganda against the US.''

He also said he wanted ''to warn young Muslim against the deception and the manipulation of these fake jihadis.''

Zacarias Moussaoui
Zacarias Moussaoui

Moussaoui made his renunciation in a petition seeking relaxation of the conditions under which he serves his sentence. In particular, he says he wants either Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani or Alan Dershowitz to represent him as a lawyer, so he can testify in a civil trial filed by victims of the 9/11 attacks.

He has written numerous letters seeking to testify at the 9/11 civil trial, and at the military trials of al-Qaida members including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

He is serving his life sentence at a federal prison in Colorado after narrowly escaping the death penalty at his 2006 trial.