American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Published:

Smith points to Mustafa: A Seattle man told a jury Friday in New York that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.

David Smith, the second witness in a Manhattan trial expected to last a month, identified Mustafa Kamel Mustafa as he testified for the government about an effort to open an al-Qaida training camp in Oregon and about his visit to London's Finsbury Park Mosque.

Mustafa, 55, is charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida before and after the Sept. 11 attacks. The government said he tried to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999, a year after supporting kidnappers who took hostages in Yemen. Four hostages were killed.

The Finsbury Park Mosque attracted hundreds of young men, including Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and failed shoe bomber Richard Reid.

Mustafa has pleaded not guilty and plans to testify.

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