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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 19, 2014

Statement Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara On The Conviction Of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, A/k/a “Abu Hamza”

“Once again the men and women of this office and the FBI have brought a notorious terrorist before the bar of American justice and once again the men and women of an American jury, having weighed the evidence, have found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We are gratified that the jury has returned a unanimous verdict of guilt against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as “Abu Hamza.” The defendant stands convicted, not for what he said, but for what he did. Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of faith, but a trainer of terrorists. Once again our civilian system of justice has proven itself up to the task of trying an accused terrorist and arriving at a fair and just and swift result. As we have seen in the Manhattan federal courthouse in trial after trial – of Ahmed Ghailani, of Suleiman Abu Ghayth, and now of Abu Hamza – these trials have been difficult, but they have been fair and open and prompt. These trials demonstrate that in an American civilian courtroom, the American people and all the victims of terrorism can be vindicated without sacrificing our principles. And that is one reason our civilian court system is admired the world over.”

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Updated May 13, 2015