“ABU HAMZA” to Face Terrorism Charges for 1998 Kidnapping in Yemen, Supporting the Establishment of a Terrorist Training Camp in the United States, and Facilitating Violent Jihad in Afghanistan
ADEL ABDEL BARY Charged for 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and, along with KHALED AL FAWWAZ, for Conspiring With al Qaeda to Kill U.S. Nationals and Attack U.S. Persons and Buildings Abroad
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mary Galligan, the Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), today announced the extradition of three defendants charged with terrorism offenses in two separate cases. MUSTAFA KAMEL MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Abu Hamza,” a/k/a “Abu Hamza al Masri,” (“ABU HAMZA”), 54, a naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom, is charged in connection with a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 that resulted in four deaths, a conspiracy to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, in 1999, and supporting violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.
Separately, ADEL ABDEL BARY, 52, a citizen of Egypt, and KHALED AL FAWWAZ, 50, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, are charged with conspiring with members of al Qaeda to kill United States nationals, and to attack U.S. interests abroad. BARY is also charged with murder, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, and other offenses, in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which caused the deaths of 224 individuals and injured thousands more.
ABU HAMZA, FAWWAZ, and BARY were extradited from the U.K. and arrived in the Southern District of New York last night. ABU HAMZA will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, at which time Judge Forrest will also hold an initial pre-trial conference. FAWWAZ and BARY will be presented and arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas. Their case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, and an initial pre-trial conference before Judge Kaplan is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.