Mounir al-Motassadek: Germany releases 9/11 accomplice
Germany will on Monday deport an accomplice of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks on the United States, Moroccan native Mounir al-Motassadek.
Motassadek has spent almost 15 years in prison for his part in the deaths of passengers aboard the highjacked aeroplanes used in the attacks.
He has served almost his entire sentence, and is being sent to Morocco.
He has always denied being involved in the 9/11 plot, but admitted to being friends with those who did.
German authorities are transporting him under heavy guard.
Photographs taken on Monday showed Motassadek wearing a blindfold and with his hands bound, being taken from prison by helicopter.
Motassadek was the first person convicted in connection with the 11 September attacks against the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, in which nearly 3,000 people died.
German website Der Spiegel reports that Morocco had insisted Motassadek fly on a regular commercial passenger flight - where he will sit accompanied by several police in row 32.
Once he arrives in Morocco, his precise fate is unclear.
Mounir al-Motassadek was arrested just months after the 9/11 attacks.