A jury in the US is to decide whether Zacarias Moussaoui will be executed after ruling yesterday the convicted September 11th conspirator is eligible for the death penalty. The panel will return on Thursday to begin a second phase of his sentencing trial. They could opt for life imprisonment for the French national.
After about 17 hours of deliberation, the jury found that Moussaoui lied to the FBI following his arrest three weeks before 9/11. Those lies, they decided, led to deaths in the hijacked plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Moussaoui is the only person to be charged in the United States in connection with Sept. 11.
Last year the 37-year-old pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy in connection with the hijackings. Three of the counts carried a possible death sentence.