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Terror Trial Opens for One-Eyed Radical Cleric

/ Source: Associated Press
Image: Abu Hamza Terror Trial Begins In New York City
Security officers stand outside of U.S. Federal Court House on the morning the court begins jury selection for the Abu Hamza terrorism trial on Monday in New York City. Hamza, a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher who was extradited from Britain following charges he conspired to support al-Qaeda, is being charged for trying to create a terrorist training camp in Oregon 15 years ago. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

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Jury selection has begun in New York City in the trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida.

Twelve jurors and four alternates were being picked Monday for the trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 55.

Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said openings statements were expected to occur Thursday.

Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support al-Qaeda by trying to set up a terrorist training camp in 1999 in Oregon. He also is accused of helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Four hostages died.

Mustafa has indicated he will testify on his own behalf during the trial, which is expected to last about a month. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

— The Associated Press

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