For some of the relatives of those who died in the September the 11th attacks, the verdict in the trial of 9-11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui brought the sense that justice had been done. An American jury decided yesterday that Moussaoui should go to prison for life rather than be executed for his role in the hijacking plot.
“He’s going to be in jail for the rest of his life which is exactly what this man deserves,” said Carie LeMack, whose mother was killed in the attacks.
Speaking outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, where the verdict was handed down, LeMack described Moussaoui as “an al-Qaida wannabe”.
“He does not deserve any credit for 9-11 because he was not part of it and I am so glad the jury recognised that he just wanted to kill Americans, but he wasn’t even skilled enough to do that,” she said.
There were mixed feelings on the streets of New York, where memories of 9-11 are still vivid almost five years later.
“I think that he probably should have gotten the death penalty,” said resident Angela Peralta. “But then again sometimes when you’re in jail for the rest of your life, that could be worse, so it depends on how you feel about it.”
Analysts say the verdict would be a disappointment for the government, which pursued the case for four years and has suffered a string of losses in terrorism-related cases.