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United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
E.D. Va., Crim. No. 01-455-A


Facts

The evidence presented by the prosecution in this grand jury indictment claims that, in furtherance of a conspiracy to hijack the four planes involved in the September 11th attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui (defendant): made telephone calls to other conspirators; was wired money by other conspirators; was present at an al-Qaeda-affiliated camp with other conspirators; enrolled in three separate flight schools in different parts of the United States; travelled to and from cities where other conspirators were located; and possessed flight manuals for the type of plane hijacked, a flight simulator computer program, knives, a disk with information on the aerial application of pesticides, software to review test pilot procedures on the type of plane hijacked, and a hand-held aviation radio, among other things.

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