Jury chosen for US terror trial of Egyptian imam

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Associated Press

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 1:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has been chosen for the U.S. terror trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida.

Eight men and four women along with four alternates were chosen Monday for the Manhattan trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).

Opening statements are scheduled for 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 says 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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