Three men have appeared in court in Spain charged with helping to plan the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.
They include the alleged head of an al-Qaeda cell in Spain, who is accused of arranging a meeting allegedly attended by one of the 19 attackers.


Another man is charged with filming the World Trade Center and giving the tapes to militants before the US attacks.
They are among 24 defendants in Europe's largest trial of suspected al-Qaeda members. All deny the charges.


High security
As the 24 arrived at the courthouse in Madrid, armed police stood guard outside the building and a police helicopter circled overhead.
The suspects - mostly men born in Syria or Morocco - sat in a bullet-proof chamber inside the high-security courtroom as the charges were read out.
During the opening hearing prosecutors questioned Jose Luis Galan, also known as Ghassub al-Abrash Ghaylun.
Mr Galan is accused of filming the World Trade Center and other US targets.

 
The tapes were then allegedly passed on to "operative members of al-Qaeda and would become the preliminary information on the attacks against the Twin Towers", the indictment said.
"I absolutely condemn all terrorist acts, all violent acts," the Spaniard told the court, the Reuters news agency reported.
The main defendant at the trial is Syrian-born Immad Yarkas, 42, known as Abu Dahdah.


Mr Yarkas was arrested by Spanish authorities in November 2001 on suspicion of heading an al-Qaeda cell that allegedly provided funding and logistics for the people who planned the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

 
Along with Moroccan-born Driss Chebli, he is said to have set up a meeting in June 2001 which was allegedly attended by at least one of the attack ringleaders, Mohamed Atta, who piloted one of the planes that hit the Twin Towers.
Prosecutors want the three men to receive more than 60,000 years in jail - 25 for each of the more than 2,000 people killed on 11 September 2001.

People grow older and older, but how old?
Do those three persons live long enough?
Maybe they die before time, what then?
I´m happy to find out, that I´m not the only idiot in the world!
 

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