British Islamic cleric accused of inciting murder

January 25, 2006 17:18


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A prosecutor on Wednesday accused radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of telling his congregation at a London mosque that killing was justified to help the Palestinian intefadah, or uprising. Al-Masri, a 47-year-old Egyptian-born Muslim preacher denied the charge by prosecutor David Perry as he faced questioning for a fifth day during his trial in the Old Bailey court on multiple counts of inciting murder and stirring up racial hatred. Al-Masri has pleaded innocent. Quoting a sermon the cleric allegedly had made to his congregation at the Finsbury Park mosque, Perry said: "If it's killing, do it. If it's paying, pay. If it's ambushing, ambush. If it's anything, poisoning, poison. You help your brothers, you help Islam in any way you like it, anywhere you like."

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