Abu Hamza found guilty of US terror charges

Islamist cleric Abu Hamza has been found guilty of all terror charges in his US trial.

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Abu Hamza denies backing terrorism at US trial

Islamist cleric Abu Hamza denied supporting terrorism as he gave evidence at his US trial.

Hamza, who is on trial under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, told a federal court in New York that he would give up freedom if the price was his dignity and beliefs.

Islamist cleric Abu Hamza pictured outside the North London Central Mosque in 2003. Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files

The 56-year-old cleric, was extradited from Britain to the US two years ago, countered three weeks of government evidence with answers to rapid-fire questions posed by defence lawyer Joshua Dratel.

"No," Mustafa calmly replied repeatedly as Mr Dratel asked him if he participated in a December 1998 kidnapping in Yemen, tried to organise a terrorist training camp in the US of Oregon, aided al Qaida or sent anyone to Afghanistan to engage in terror training.

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Abu Hamza 'was part of global terror campaign'

The prosecutor in the US trial against Islamic preacher Abu Hamza told jurors that he was part of a global campaign to spread terror.

Opening arguments have been made at Abu Hamza's trial in New York Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Federal prosecutor Edward Kim described Mr Hamza as a man with a mission to establish an al-Qaida training camp in the US, and said the defendant financed and sent two men to Bly in Oregon to set up the compound to train others.

Abu Hamza had been jailed since 2004 in Britain on separate charges. He was extradited to the US in 2012 only after the US agreed he would face a civilian trial not a military one, and that the death penalty was off the table.

Abu Hamza trial begins in US

The US government has said Islamic preacher Abu Hamza tried to create an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Oregon in late 1999 and early 2000, during opening arguments at his trial in New York.

Islamic preacher Abu Hamza is on trial in the US Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Hamza is also charged with helping kidnappers in Yemen in a 1998 attack that killed four people, and of arranging for fighters to attend an Afghanistan al Qaida training camp.

But the defence lawyer for Abu Hamza - who is also known by the aliases Mustafa Kamel Mustafa and Abu Hamza al-Masri - said he has never harmed Americans.

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