NEW YORK – A New York jury has heard a broadcast interview in which an Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy.
The tape was played Monday in the second week of the trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).
Mustafa is charged with conspiring 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.
The tape consisted of portions of an interview Mustafa had with a Canadian broadcaster. In it, Mustafa also says he agrees with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 American sailors. Mustafa has pleaded not guilty.