Extremist Egyptian preacher faces terrorism charges in Manhattan today

NEW YORK (AP)

An extremist Egyptian-born preacher entered a U.S. courtroom today for the first time to face multiple terrorism charges, complaining that his prosthetic hooks, medication and special shoes were taken away from him.

The preacher was one of five terror defendants rounded up in Britain and extradited overnight to the U.S.

Abu Hamza al-Masri was surrounded by several marshals in a Manhattan courtroom as he faced charges he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helped abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.

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