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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Hamza clashes with US prosecutor

Published 13/05/2014|17:47

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US defence lawyers Sabrina Shroff and Jerrod Thompson Hicks, who are representing Abu Hamza at his terror trial (AP)

A former London cleric accused of supporting terrorist operations in Yemen and the US became combative at his New York trial when confronted with his past statements by a prosecutor.

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Abu Hamza, being tried under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was cross-examined by assistant US attorney John Cronan.

Hamza repeatedly tried to deflect questions regarding the kidnapping of 16 tourists in Yemen in 1998 and about his love of Osama bin Laden.

Four hostages died after the kidnapping, and a year later one ex-hostage interviewed him at his London mosque while writing a book.

Hamza conceded in court that he told her the attack was "Islamically justified".

The controversial imam told the prosecutor to "try to concentrate" and ask one question at a time. The judge told him to obey the rules and not to make speeches.

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