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American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

April 18, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A Seattle man says an Egyptian cleric on trial in New York federal court on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.

David Smith identified Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh) as he testified for the government Friday.

Smith said he converted from Christianity to Islam in the 1990s. He said he made a trip to the London mosque where Mustafa preached after seeing some of his videos in early 1999.

Prosecutors say Mustafa conspired to support al-Qaida before and after the Sept. 11 attacks. They say he tried to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999, a year after supporting kidnappers who took hostages in Yemen. Four hostages were killed.

Mustafa has pleaded not guilty and plans to testify.



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