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Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical Muslim cleric who was recently extradited to the US, pled not guilty to terror charges.
Abu Hamza al-Masri, the British radical Muslim cleric who was recently extradited to the United States, pled not guilty to terror charges in New York City on Tuesday.
Al-Masri is accused of conspiring to set up an Al Qaeda style training camp in Oregon, among other charges.
Al-Masri is also accused of providing financial support to the Taliban and aiding a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen, which left four hostages dead, Bloomberg reported.
The one-eyed cleric appeared in Federal Court in New York on Tuesday, without his hook-like prosthetic hand, Agence France Presse reported. Al-Masri is Egyptian-born, and is being prosecuted under his birth name, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa.
The trial date has been set for August 26 next year, and al-Masri has been remanded to a maximum security detention center in the downtown New York courthouse, said AFP.
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Al-Masri is one of five men who were extradited from England last Friday, after losing a lengthy legal battle and last minute appeals against extradition. CNN reported that two of the other men, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary, also pled not guilty in New York on Saturday.
Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, the last two men, pled not guilty before a judge in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday.
"After years of protracted legal battles, the extradition of these three alleged terrorists to the U.S. is a watershed moment in our nation’s efforts to eradicate terrorism," said US Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement on Oct. 6 in Manhattan, according to Bloomberg.
The US has been attempting to prosecute al-Masri since May 27, 2004.
Al-Masri was convicted in 2006 in the UK for inciting followers to kill non-believers, and sentenced to seven years in prison.
The New York Post reported that American tax payers would foot the bill to replace al-Masri's hook-like prosthetics, which were taken away once he arrived in the US, because they were viewed as a potential security threat. The cost of the replacement prosthetics could be $16,000.
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