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Abu Hamza pleads not guilty to charges of aiding bin Laden

Published on Oct 9, 2012 11:32 PM

NEW YORK - Abu Hamza al-Masri, the Islamic cleric accused of aiding Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a US courtroom on Tuesday after eight years of fighting extradition from the United Kingdom.

Hamza, 54, who was born in Egypt and was granted British citizenship in 1986, is charged in an 11-count indictment filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, Bloomberg reported.

He is accused of supporting the Taleban with money and troops and aiding a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen that left four hostages dead.

He and two Qaeda suspects facing terrorism charges in a separate case tied to the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa arrived in New York from the UK on Oct. 6. All three face life in prison if convicted of the charges.

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