...Al-Masri, born Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, has been writing letters to Forrest telling her that he plans to testify in his own defense, against the advice of his defense lawyers. He believes his testimony will be “important for historians, researchers, investigative journalists and analysts,” he wrote,
The trial could become a circus if al-Masri is allowed to rant and rave, said Stuart Gottleib, international affairs professor and terrorism expert at Columbia University...
Frenetic ramblings from the start of the "War on Terror" logging my attempts to film outside Finsbury park mosque over 3 years and sitting through all the subsequent court cases. These days I am usually on Post Factual Society on Facebuk. Do visit Youtube.com/malungtvnews
March 28, 2014
March 01, 2014
WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM MR H
Cleric plans to testify in NY trial NEW YORK — Islamist cleric Abu Hamza Al-Masri plans to testify in his own defense at his trial on terrorism charges in New York in April, according to a letter to the judge overseeing his case. In a five-page hand-written letter made public on Thursday, Al-Masri told US District Judge Katherine Forrest he was “surprised” no one had told her of his plans. Al-Masri also wrote that, when he testifies, he does not want to exclude mention of any person, organization or place referred to in his indictment, saying it would be “impossible” to provide a coherent account otherwise. The judge said in an order on Thursday that she planned to discuss the letter at a hearing on Friday. Joshua Dratel, a lawyer for Al-Masri, declined to comment. Representatives for Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara did not respond to requests for comment. – Reuters ..
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