NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An Islamic cleric accused of supporting terrorist operations in Yemen and in the United States became combative Tuesday when confronted with his past statements by a U.S. prosecutor.
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa was cross-examined by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan in federal court in Manhattan, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. Also known by the aliases Abu Hamza and Abu Hamza al-Masri, Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support the kidnappers who abducted 16 tourists in Yemen 1998 and he tried to organize an al Qaeda training camp outside Bly, Ore.READ MORE: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
Repeatedly, the hook-handed cleric tried to deflect questions regarding the kidnappings and about his love of Osama bin Laden.