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January 22, 2004: Iranian Spy Gives Evidence at Mzoudi Trial; Is Quickly Discounted

The prosecution in the trial of Abdelghani Mzoudi presents a witness who claims to be a defector from an Iranian intelligence agency. (BBC 1/21/2004) The witness, Hamid Reza Zakeri, does not appear in court himself, but instead Judge Klaus Ruehle reads out his testimony. (Schwartz 1/22/2004) According to Zakeri, the Iranian intelligence service was really behind the 9/11 attacks and had employed al-Qaeda to carry them out. Zakeri’s claims are widely publicized. However, these claims are quickly discounted, and German intelligence notes that, “he presents himself as a witness on any theme which can bring him benefit.” (Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Hamburg) 1/22/2004; Crewdson and Simpson 1/22/2004; Schwartz 1/22/2004; Associated Press 1/30/2004)

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