A Syrian-born German terror suspect who is suspected of recruiting September 11 suicide hijacker Mohamed Atta for al-Qaida has been put on trial in Damascus and could face the death penalty, according to a report released Wednesday.
The trial of Mohammed Haydar Zammar, 45, opened in a Damascus security court on October 8, according to a report by German ARD public television's main news program, Tagesschau.
Zammar was questioned by German authorities following the September 11, 2001, attacks, but was freed for lack of evidence. He then traveled in October 2001 to Morocco and was captured in December.
Zammar is widely believed to have to have introduced Atta and the two other Hamburg-based September 11 pilots - Ziad Jarrah and Marwan al-Shehhi - to leaders of Osama bin Laden's organization in Afghanistan, where they all received training.