BBC News – Abu Hamza found guilty of terror charges in US court

Court sketch from Abu Hamza's trial in New YorkThe trial lasted four weeks

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has been found guilty of supporting terrorism by an American court.

He was accused of conspiring to aid organisations like al-Qaeda.

Prosecutors at the court in New York said Abu Hamza – who was tried as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa – assisted the kidnappers of 16 tourists in Yemen in 1998 and attempted to build a terrorist training camp in Oregon.

The 56-year-old had denied the charges.

‘Trainer of terrorists’

The Islamist preacher came to prominence in the UK for his fiery sermons outside Finsbury Park mosque; in one he praised the 11 September hijackers.

He was extradited to the US in 2012 after having been jailed for seven years for inciting murder and race hate.

In New York the jury of eight men and four women reached a unanimous guilty verdict on all 11 terror charges.

Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said: “The defendant stands convicted, not for what he said, but for what he did.

“Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of faith, but a trainer of terrorists,” Mr Bharara added.

“Once again our civilian system of justice has proven itself up to the task of trying an accused terrorist and arriving at a fair and just and swift result.”

During the trial Abu Hamza claimed he had assisted MI5.

He is due to be sentenced on 9 September where he faces a possible life imprisonment.

19 May 2014 | 8:32 pm – Source: bbc.co.uk
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