Jury in NYC begins deliberations in terrorism case

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 10:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury in New York has begun deliberations in the trial of an Egyptian imam accused of supporting terrorist organizations from his London mosque.

Jury deliberations began Thursday morning in the case brought against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan warned jurors 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 of the hostages died.

They also said he supported al-Qaida by plotting to open a training camp in Oregon in late 1999 and by sending young men to Afghanistan training camps.

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

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