Five terror suspects were en route to New York and Connecticut Friday to face trial after years of extradition proceedings came to an end in London.
Egyptian Cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, is the former head of a north London Mosque that British authorities targeted as a center for Islamic extremists. He was indicted in the Southern District in 2004 for providing support to al Qaeda and is also accused of a kidnapping conspiracy in Yemen. He will be tried before Southern District Judge Katherine Forrest (See Profile).
Khalid al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary were charged in the Osama bin Laden-led conspiracy that included the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Five men have been convicted in the embassy bombing case, four in 2001 before Judge Leonard Sand (See Profile). The fifth, Ahmed Ghaliani, was convicted in 2011 of a single count in the embassy case before Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan (See Profile). Kaplan, who sentenced Ghailani to life in prison, will preside over the case of Fawwaz and Bary.
Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are accused of providing material support for terrorism by running web sites, raising funds and recruiting fighters for terror campaigns in Afghanistan and Chechnya. Ahmad and Ahsan were scheduled to make their initial appearance Saturday in U.S. District Court in New Haven.