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Jurors see Moussaoui as bit player

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5 (UPI) -- Self-proclaimed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, seen by some jurors as a bit player in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, faces life in a U.S. "supermax" prison.

Moussaoui, formally sentenced Thursday, was expected to be transferred soon from the Alexandria, Va., jail to the nation's federal "super maximum" security prison in Florence, Colo.

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One member of the jury told The Washington Post that fellow jurors decided the al-Qaida conspirator should not be executed because his role was a minor one -- "He wasn't necessarily part of the 9/11 operation" -- and did not kill anyone though he was "a despicable character."

Though U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema instructed him not to make a political speech, Moussaoui, 37, said, "God curse America, and God save Osama bin Laden!"

"You came here to be a martyr and to die in a big bang of glory," Brinkema said. "But to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, you will die with a whimper."

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