Jury in NYC begins deliberations in terrorism case
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury has deliberated for six hours without reaching a verdict in the trial of an Egyptian imam accused of supporting terrorist organizations from his London mosque.
Jury deliberations began Thursday in the case against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH’-fuh kah-MEHL’ muh-STAH’-fuh). The jury returns Monday morning.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan warned them 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 hostages died.
They said he supported al-Qaida as well, in part by plotting to open a training camp in Oregon in late 1999.
Mustafa testified he never supported al-Qaida or any terrorist acts. He was brought to the United States in 2012.