May 19, 2014

Everyone Wave Buh Bye to Abu Hamza al-Masri

The Beeb:

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.

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

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.

By Howie at 02:36 PM | Comments |