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Jury in NYC begins deliberations in terrorism case

May 15, 2014

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.

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