Egyptian-born terrorism suspect pleads not guilty
October 11, 2012, 10:16 am TWN
NEW YORK -- An Egyptian-born preacher pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, three days after he and four others were brought to the United States from England to face terrorism charges.
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 54, entered the plea shortly before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest set an Aug. 26 trial date. Mustafa, widely known by the name Abu Hamza al-Masri, is also accused of helping abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.
Earlier Tuesday, two men brought from England to face terrorism charges on Saturday along with Mustafa made their first appearance before U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who set an October 2013 trial date.
Khaled al-Fawwaz, 50, and Adel Abdul Bary, 52, are charged with participating in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in August 1998. The attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. They were indicted in a case that also charged Osama bin Laden.
Both pleaded not guilty on Saturday.
Two other men brought from Britain were arraigned in Connecticut on Saturday on terrorism charges.