NEW YORK, NY. – Tuesday morning, an Egyptian-born sheik pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to set up a terrorist training camp in south-eastern Oregon. Abu Hamza Al-Masri entered the plea in a New York City federal court, just two days after being extradited to the states from London.
His trial will start August 26, 2013 and he faces life in prison. Al-Masri, indicted under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa with Al-Masri listed as an alias, is connected to our region with accusations he tried to establish a jihadist training camp in Bly.
He became well known in the 1990s for creating a London training ground for extremist Islamists, including September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. He had been jailed since 2004 in Britain on separate charges.