Man awaiting terrorism trial in New York gets prosthetics

March 16, 2013 01:37

NEW YORK - The jail holding Abu Hamza Masri, the handless Islamic cleric awaiting trial on US terrorism charges, provided him with a new set of prosthetics on Friday, officials said at a hearing on Friday.

His attorneys had been asking for the new limbs for months, after authorities refused to allow him to wear his usual metal hooks outside of his jail cell.

Britain extradited Masri last October. The United States accuses him of providing material support to the al-Qaida network by trying to set up a training camp in Oregon, among other charges.

Masri is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center next door to the courthouse in lower Manhattan. The Egyptian-born, white-haired preacher appeared in court on Friday without any prosthetics.

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