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Moussaoui’s Mom: Verdict Is “Racist”

Mom says Moussaoui was only punished for helping to murder 3,000 people because he is black.

She is counting on the noble country of France to get him extradited so they can set him free and make him a hero exemplifying their courage and sense of justice.

From the DNC’s Associate Press:

AP caption: Aicha El Wafi, the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, a Frenchman of Moroccan descent and the only person charged in the United States over the Sept. 11 attacks, gestures as she speaks during her press conference in Paris, Thursday May 4, 2006. El Wafi on Thursday blamed France for not fighting harder for her son’s case, and said his race and his color were partly to blame for the U.S. jury’s decision to sentence Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison over the Sept. 11 attacks.

Moussaoui: U.S. Will Never Catch Bin Laden

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An unrepentant Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, warning Americans in his final public words that they would never catch Osama bin Laden.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Leonie Binkema at the end of a two-month trial in which the jury rejected the government’s case to have Moussaoui executed.

"God save Osama bin Laden — you will never get him," Moussaoui declared moments after walking into the courtroom flashing a victory sign.

"You have branded me as a terrorist or a criminal or whatever," he said. "Look at yourselves. I fight for my belief." He spoke for less than five minutes; the judge told him he could not use his sentencing to make a political speech.

Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Moussaoui then will be sent to a maximum federal prison in Colorado under special conditions that will prevent him from having any contact with the outside world.

French authorities said Thursday they may eventually press the United States to have Moussaoui serve his life sentence in France under two conventions on the transfer of convicts. They were waiting to hear the conditions of his sentencing.

Moussaoui’s mother Aicha El Wafi, pressed for her country to intervene. "My son will be buried alive because France didn’t dare contradict the Americans," she said

And this from the terrorist-loving French AFP:

Moussaoui defiant as life prison term is made formal

ALEXANDRIA, United States (AFP) – A US judge has given a formal life prison sentence to Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, who uttered a final defiant "God curse America" before he was led off to the toughest prison in the United States.

"God curse America, God save Osama bin Laden. You’ll never get him," Moussaoui said after he was again confronted by relatives of September 11 victims at the hearing.

"You don’t want to hear, America. You will feel. We will come back another day," he declared angrily…

Moussaoui is expected to go to the top-security prison in Florence, Colorado, where a number of other Al-Qaeda followers are serving life terms.

In Paris, Moussaoui’s mother asked French authorities Thursday to request that her son serve his prison time in France.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales promised that the United States would examine any French request over Moussaoui.

"No formal request has been made," Gonzales said in Vienna, on the sidelines of a conference of European and Russian justice and interior ministers.

"We expect a request by the French government. We will examine it," he said."  

And this story (complete with hilarious headline) from the UK’s Telegraph:

‘Justice served’ in Moussaoui case

04/05/2006

Today [Clinton appointed] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Moussaoui to prison for life, saying the terrorist would be deprived of the glorious death he had hoped for.

She said: "Mr Moussaoui, when this proceeding is over, everyone else in this room will leave to see the sun… hear the birds… and they can associate with whomever they want. You will spend the rest of your life in a supermax prison. It’s absolutely clear who won."

She added: "Mr Moussaoui, you came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory. But to paraphrase the poet TS Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper.

She added: "You will never get a chance to speak again, and that’s an appropriate ending."

Meanwhile, France is considering requesting that the United States hand Moussaoui over to serve his life sentence in a French prison. In the 1980s France and the United States signed two agreements about the transfer of convicts.

"A possible demand for transferring Zacarias Moussaoui could be looked at within this framework," said Jean-Baptiste Mattei, a French foreign ministry spokesman

Foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy later said in a statement that he had instructed the French embassy in Washington to "remain very attentive to the situation of Zacarias Moussaoui."

Moussaoui’s mother, Aicha El Wafi, said she believed her son had been made a scapegoat for the attacks because of his race.

She said: "I feel like a part of myself is dead. Buried. With my son who is going to be buried all of his life at 37 years old. For things that he didn’t do. Because he spoke too much."

Meanwhile her lawyer, Patrick Baudouin, vowed a legal battle to bring Moussaoui home.

"They wanted to make the little soldier Moussaoui into a perpetrator of the Sept 11 attacks," M Baudouin said. "He had no blood on his hands."

Gosh, that judge (who helped him escape a death sentence) really gave Moussaoui a stern talking to!

Luckily the French will save the day and set him free.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 4th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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