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Seattle man identifies Egyptian cleric in NY court as a 'very angry' preacher he met in London

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NEW YORK — A Seattle man says an Egyptian cleric on trial in New York federal court on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.

David Smith identified Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh) as he testified for the government Friday.

PHOTO: FILE- In this Oct. 9, 2013 file courtroom drawing, defense attorney, Jeremy Schneider, left, represents accused terrorist Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, center, in Manhattan federal court, in New York. Opening arguments in Mustafa’s terrorism trial began in New York on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Federal prosecutors accused Mustafa of training and aiding terrorists in the 1990s while hiding in plain sight as the leader of a London mosque, while Mustafa’s attorney told jurors his client had never harmed Americans and did not participate in any of the acts charged in the case. (AP Photo/ Elizabeth Williams, File)
FILE- In this Oct. 9, 2013 file courtroom drawing, defense attorney, Jeremy Schneider, left, represents accused terrorist Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, center, in Manhattan federal court, in New York. Opening arguments in Mustafa’s terrorism trial began in New York on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Federal prosecutors accused Mustafa of training and aiding terrorists in the 1990s while hiding in plain sight as the leader of a London mosque, while Mustafa’s attorney told jurors his client had never harmed Americans and did not participate in any of the acts charged in the case. (AP Photo/ Elizabeth Williams, File)

Smith said he converted from Christianity to Islam in the 1990s. He said he made a trip to the London mosque where Mustafa preached after seeing some of his videos in early 1999.

Prosecutors say Mustafa conspired to support al-Qaida before and after the Sept. 11 attacks. They say he tried to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999, a year after supporting kidnappers who took hostages in Yemen. Four hostages were killed.

Mustafa has pleaded not guilty and plans to testify.

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PHOTO: FILE - In this March 28, 2003 file photo, radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London. Mustafa faces charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., and by helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Jury selection for his terrorism trial begins in New York on Monday, April 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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