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Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher

April 17, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 (DRAY'-tehl) told jurors during an opening statement Thursday that Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh) will testify on his own behalf.

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

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.

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

 
 

 

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