Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical Islamist cleric facing U.S. terrorism charges, gives testimony in Manhattan federal court in New York in this artist's sketch May 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)
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British preacher Abu Hamza told his U.S. terror trial Wednesday that he once jointly managed a London strip club in his quest to live a Western, movie-style life.Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza al-Masri, has pleaded not guilty to 11 kidnapping and terror counts that predate the 9/11 attacks.He also said his engineering studies included the World Trade Center, destroyed in the 9/11 attacks that he has praised, and the effect of "explosions" and demolition – knowledge that he said became "useful" in later life.He is charged over the 1998 kidnapping of 16 Westerners in Yemen, conspiracy to set up a jihad training camp in Oregon in 1999, providing material support to Al-Qaeda, assisting the Taliban and sending recruits for terror training in Afghanistan.
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