Judges find merit in part of London imam’s terror appeal

Source: Associated Press

By LARRY NEUMEISTER

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of three judges hearing an appeal of a London imam’s terrorism conviction were critical Tuesday of the way an American jury was told about his earlier convictions in England for soliciting murder.

The judges — Paul G. Gardephe and Reena Raggi — commented as they heard arguments in an appeal by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa to a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Mustafa was convicted in Manhattan federal court in 2014 of supporting terrorist organizations by ensuring there were satellite communications for kidnappers during a 1998 attack on tourists in Yemen, of supporting plans to open an al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Oregon, and sending someone to an Afghanistan training camp. Four hostages were killed in Yemen.

Mustafa, who was extradited to the United States from England in 2012, is serving a life sentence. In the 1990s, he led London’s Finsbury Park Mosque, reportedly attended by Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe bomber Richard Reid. Mustafa denied meeting them. At trial, he was referred to by his alias, Abu Hamza al-Masri.

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