Deliberations began Thursday morning, just as the emotion-filled dedication ceremony for the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum was wrapping up.
The jury gained some insight into Mustafa Kamel Mustafa’s thinking on al Qaeda’s terror attacks through his broadcast interviews being played in court. He is on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world.
An American convert to Islam who traveled to London’s Finsbury Park Mosque to meet the defendant testified Friday morning that when Mustafa spoke, the place was packed with a fairly young crowd.
Mustafa is accused of trying to create an al Qaeda training camp in Bly, Ore., in late 1999. He’s also charged with helping kidnappers in Yemen in a 1998 attack and arranged for fighters to attend an al Qaeda training camp.
Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support al Qaeda by trying to set up a terrorist training camp in 1999 in Oregon. He also is accused of helping abduct 16 people in Yemen in 1998. Four hostages died.
At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected a request by defense lawyers. They’d sought to call Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as a witness at the terrorism trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.
She told the court that her employer said that it would be to her benefit to lose her job so that she could collect unemployment while serving jury duty.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was brought to the United States last month. He’s charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his alleged role as al Qaeda’s top propagandist after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He has pleaded not guilty.
U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life on May 4, 2006, to “die with a whimper,” for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.