Friday 19 December 2014

Abu Hamza denies backing terrorism

Published 07/05/2014 | 23:42

Radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza is on trial in the US
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza is on trial in the US

An Egyptian cleric known for his incendiary rhetoric at a London mosque has denied supporting terrorism in any way as he gave evidence at a US court.

Abu Hamza, on trial under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, appeared at New York federal court, shortly after the US government rested in the three-week-old trial.

The 56-year-old imam has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support Yemeni kidnappers in 1998 and tried to organise an al Qaida training camp in the US state of Oregon.

Four hostages were killed in the Yemeni attack.

One of the survivors, Mary Quin, earlier told the court that she interviewed Hamza at his mosque two years after the attack.

She says he admitted supporting the kidnappers but expressed no regrets that four hostages died.

Press Association

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