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Jurors followed facts, not emotions, to conviction of London Islamic cleric at NY terror trial

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    FILE - In this April 30, 2004 file photo, Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa arrives with a masked bodyguard to conduct Friday prayers in the street outside the closed Finsbury Park Mosque in London. The 55-year-old Egyptian cleric, who also goes by the alias Abu Hamza al-Masri, was found guilty on Monday, May 19, 2014 in federal court in New York of providing material support to terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File) (The Associated Press)

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    Joshua Dratel, defense attorney for Egyptian Islamic preacher Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, makes a statement outside of Manhattan federal court in New York after his client was convicted Monday, May 19, 2014, in a trial that a prosecutor said should provide justice for the victims of a kidnapping in Yemen more than a decade ago. The 56-year-old cleric, whose fiery sermons before and after 9/11 attracted extremists to his London mosque, was found guilty of providing material support to terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Tom Hays) (The Associated Press)

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    Howard Bailynson, 44, jury foreman in the trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, makes a statement outside of Manhattan federal court in New York after the Egyptian Islamic preacher was found guilty Monday, May 19, 2014. i Bailynson said Mary Quin, one of the two women held hostage, who also testified, was a "great woman" for having the courage to confront Mustafa with a tape recorder. ( AP Photo/Larry Neumeister) (The Associated Press)

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    In this courtroom drawing, Egyptian Islamic preacher Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, left, sits in the courtroom of Judge Katherine Forrest, upper right, as Courtroom Deputy Joseph Pecorino reads the jury verdict sheet finding Mustafa guilty in his terrorism trial in New York Monday, May 19, 2014. Referred by prosecutors and defense lawyers alike by his alias, Abu Hamza al-Masri, Mustafa sits next to his defense lawyer Joshua Dratel, center back, who sits next to defense lawyer Jeremy Schneider, far right. In front of them is the prosecution team. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams) (The Associated Press)

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.

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