NEW YORK – An Egyptian Islamic preacher whose fiery sermons before and after 9/11 attracted extremists to his London mosque was convicted Monday in a trial that a prosecutor said should provide justice for the victims of a kidnapping in Yemen more than a decade ago.
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa
The cleric, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 55, was found guilty in federal court in Manhattan just weeks after Al Qaeda's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks was convicted. Attorney General Eric Holder championed that verdict as a triumph for civil courts.
Mustafa was accused of providing material support to terrorist organizations by enabling hostage takers in the Yemen kidnapping to speak on a satellite phone, by sending men to establish an Al Qaeda training camp in Bly, Oregon, and by sending at least one man to training camps in Afghanistan.
He was extradited in 2012 from England, where he led London's Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s, reportedly attended by both Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe bomber Richard Reid. Mustafa denied that he ever met them.
Mustafa looked straight ahead as the verdict was read.
For much of the past month, jurors watched videotapes and heard audio clips in which Mustafa shouted to his followers, telling them non-Muslims could be treated like animals and women and children who were not Muslim could be taken captive.
But they saw a gentler version of Mustafa on the witness stand, one who spoke confidently in the tone of a college professor as he insisted he never engaged in acts of terrorism or aided Al Qaeda. (Continue Reading.)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (aka Abu Hamza al-Masri) Found Guilty on Terrorism Charges
Abu Hamza is a devout Muslim cleric who tells his followers that non-Muslim men can be treated like animals and that women and children can be taken captive. He also advocated jihad against non-Muslims. Where did he get such crazy ideas that have nothing to do with Islam? he got them directly from the Qur'an and Hadith.