May 4, 2006

Attorney general says respects Moussaoui verdict

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
said on Thursday that he respected the decision of a U.S. jury
to sentence Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison and not to
death as the government had demanded.

Moussaoui, the only person convicted in a U.S. court in
connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks, should spend
his life in prison instead of being executed for his role in
the hijacked airliner assaults, the jury decided on Wednesday.

"We certainly respect that decision," Gonzales said of the

"I think justice has been served here. Mr Moussaoui will
spend the rest of his life in prison," Gonzales told a news
conference in Vienna.

The jury found the actions of the 37-year-old French
citizen of Moroccan origin had not resulted in the deaths of
about 3,000 people on September 11 -- a central part of the
government's demand for the death penalty.