A court officer stands guard outside Manhattan Federal Court on April 14, 2014 in New York, as the court began jury selection for the Abu Hamza terrorism trial.(AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert)
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Jury selection began Monday in the trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza, who faces life behind bars if found guilty on kidnapping and terror charges that predate the Sept. 11 attacks.As Abu Hamza sat in court, district judge Katherine Forrest briefly explained to potential jurors the 11 charges against a man accused of being a terror facilitator with a global reach.Abu Hamza has closely followed all pretrial debates in court and wrote to Forrest saying that he wants to testify.Prosecutors also want British terror convict Saajid Badat to testify by video link from Britain.Abu Hamza was arrested in August 2004 in Britain at Washington's request and sentenced in a British court to seven years in 2006 for inciting murder and racial hatred.
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