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Jury out in Abu Hamza terror trial

A New York jury has deliberated for six hours without reaching a verdict in the trial of an Egyptian imam accused of supporting terrorist organisations from his London mosque.

Jury deliberations began yesterday in the case against Abu Hamza, being tried under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa. The jury return will return on Monday morning.

US District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan warned them not to be "swayed by sympathy, prejudice or fear".

Prosecutors said the 55-year-old cleric provided a satellite phone to men who abducted 16 tourists in Yemen in December 1998. Four hostages died.

They said he supported al Qaida as well, in part by plotting to open a training camp in Oregon in late 1999.

Hamza testified he never supported al Qaida or any terrorist acts. He was brought to the United States in 2012.


From Belfast Telegraph