updated 2/7/2006 11:46:19 AM ET 2006-02-07T16:46:19

A German court has ordered the release of a Moroccan convicted of belonging to a terrorist cell that included three Sept. 11 hijackers, a judicial official said Tuesday.

Mounir el Motassadeq was sentenced to seven years in prison last August by a court in Hamburg. City judicial spokesman Carsten Grote said Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has now ordered him released.

Grote did not give a reason for the higher court's decision.

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