Spanish Prosecutor Wants 9/11 Conviction Quashed
If the Supreme Court agrees with the Public Prosecutor, it will mean that a high-profile trial of 24 alleged al-Qaida members in Spain last year ultimately failed to convict anyone in connection with 9/11. Three of the 24 defendants were accused of 2,973 murders in connection with the attacks -- charges that carried potential jail terms of more than 74,000 years -- but were acquitted last September by Spain's High Court. (18 of the 24 defendants were convicted of other charges, in most cases being members of al-Qaida.)
Interestingly, the Public Prosecutor urged the Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of Tayseer Alouni, an al-Jazeera journalist who was sentenced to seven years for collaborating with al-Qaida. His conviction -- which was based almost exclusively on the fact that he interviewed Osama bin Laden not long after the 9/11 attacks -- has been fiercely criticized the by media organizations such as Reporters Without Borders.