Cleric on trial for al-Qaida Ore. training camp

Cleric on trial for al-Qaida Ore. training camp

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A picture of terror suspect Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a Abu Hamza, seen during an announcement of his arrest by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft May 27, 2004 in New York City.

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 10:57 AM

NEW YORK -- A defense lawyer has told a jury in New York that an Egyptian Islamic preacher on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world has never harmed Americans.

Attorney Joshua Dratel told jurors during an opening statement Thursday that Mustafa Kamel Mustafa will testify on his own behalf.

The government says Mustafa tried to create an al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Ore., in late 1999 and early 2000. He's also charged with helping kidnappers in Yemen in a 1998 attack that killed four people, and arranged for fighters to attend an Afghanistan al-Qaida training camp.

Dratel spoke after a prosecutor claimed Mustafa was part of a global campaign to spread terror.

The 55-year-old cleric was extradited from England in 2012.

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