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Jury selection starts in US trial of Egyptian imam

April 14, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).

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

Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support al-Qaida 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.



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