NEW YORK – The jury foreman says jurors who convicted an Islamic cleric extradited from London on terrorism charges kept emotions about terrorism out of deliberations.
Howard Bailynson said Monday he never let 9/11 enter his decision-making process before finding Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh) guilty of all charges.
During a month-long trial, jurors heard a tape in which Mustafa said: "Everybody was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center."
The jury deliberated two days before concluding the 56-year-old imam provided material support to terrorist organizations. Prosecutors said he gave a satellite phone to kidnappers of tourists in Yemen in 1998 and supported plans to open an al-Qaida training camp in Oregon.
Defense attorney Joshua Dratel said jurors reacted emotionally to the defendant, just as the defense team had feared.