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Judge Accused of Prejudice in Terror Trial

Lawyers defending suspected Sept. 11 collaborator Abdelghani Mzoudi in Hamburg on Wednesday accused the judge presiding over the trial of harboring prejudice against Arabs and demanded his immediate removal. Defense attorney Michael Rosenthal said that Judge Klaus Ruehle "jumped to conclusions" last week when he ordered the court's Arabic translator be replaced after the man was seen talking with one of Mzoudi's roommates during a break. Mzoudi, who follows the trial in Arabic, is accused of helping suicide hijacker Mohamed Atta and other members of the Hamburg cell evade authorities. He is charged with 3,066 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization and could face up to 15 years in prison.