NEW YORK – A New York judge has refused to toss out terrorism charges brought against an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain.
Federal Judge Katherine Forrest on Friday left in place the 11-count indictment brought against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa as she ruled on pretrial motions.
Mustafa faces trial in March on charges filed in Manhattan after his arrest in England in 2004. He was extradited to the United States last year. His lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss charges including conspiracy to take hostages, hostage-taking and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
Prosecutors say he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. They also say he helped to abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998.