NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The hook-handed Muslim cleric on trial for terrorism told a jury contradictory stories Monday about a satellite phone he purchased that ended up in the hands of a Yemeni kidnapper.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa is testifying for the third day in his own defense in Manhattan federal court. Mustafa — who also is known by the aliases Abu Hamza and Abu Hamza al-Masri — has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support the kidnappers who abducted 16 tourists in 1998 and he tried to organize an al Qaeda training camp outside Bly, Ore.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Agrees To Attorney General James' Demand For Legal Referral To Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations
Mustafa testified that his satellite phone was stolen, but he also said he provided the phone to the kidnappers so that the tourists could contact their families to prevent bloodshed. In the end, four of them were killed.