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Al Qaeda Terrorist Convicted on Terror Charges in US Court

Hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-MasriReutersHook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-MasriReutersAl Qaeda terrorist and radical London-based Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been found guilty on multiple charges of terrorism in a US court, BBC News reports Monday night. 
 
Prosecutors at the court in New York said Hamza - who was tried as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa - assisted the kidnappers of 16 tourists in Yemen in 1998 and attempted to build a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
 
Hamza is also infamous for his activities in London, where prosecutors say he tried to build a foreign base for Islamist activities, using the mosque as a religious cover. 
 
Hamza was convicted on eleven criminal counts, according to the Telegraph - and now faces the possibility of being sent to the "Supermax" maximum-security prison in Colorado, famous for housing other terrorists.
 
The jury, eight women and four men, gave the verdict just blocks away from the September 11, 2001 attacks.
 
A judge will sentence him at a yet-unannounced date. 
 
Flies to a terrorist's web
 
Abu Hamza has gained a measure of infamy in the US and UK over the past decade, making headlines since first being detained in 2004. The 56 year-old British citizen and Egyptian native has been directly linked to several well-known terrorists, according to the Telegraph - including Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a jetliner with a shoe bomb, and Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks.
 
Both men are already serving life sentences in "Supermax." 
On Monday, the jury also convicted Hamza of helping to oversee a Yemeni hostage-taking crisis in 1998 that resulted in the deaths of three British tourists and an Australian. Islamic rebels took the hostages to negotiate a prisoner swap with five detained British Muslims, including Hamza's own stepson. 
 
Abu Hamza was detained in the UK in 2004; he was later convicted of inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder in 2006. Six years later, he was extradited to the US after a protracted legal battle. 
The terrorist has consistently denied being involved in terrorism and had pleaded "not guilty" to all charges. 

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