Damning exhibits at British hate preacher Abu Hamza’s New York trial
New York court shown daggers and axes seized from hook-handed cleric's London mosque
The New York terror trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri was shown a startling array of nuclear protective suits, seized along with pistols, daggers and axes from his London mosque.
The stash of items impounded by British police and turned over to US authorities was loaded onto a shopping trolley and described to the 12-member jury by a British police witness.
They included three ball-bearing hand guns, a wooden scythe attached to a metal chain, five daggers, two axes, a military helmet, two army flak jackets and a gas mask.
There were also multiple sets of nuclear-chemical-biological protective jackets and pants in camouflage, together with a khaki-coloured chemical protection suit.
David Alexander, of London's Metropolitan Police, said the trove was seized from the top floor of Abu Hamza's Finsbury Park mosque in January 2003 and handed over to the Americans in 2008.
Also seized from the five- storey complex were mobile phones, computers, CDs, video and audio tapes, and documents written by the alleged terrorist.
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza, has pleaded not guilty to 11 kidnapping and terror charges that pre-date the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the US.
Alexander read from documents that appeared to justify the killing of civilians and praised a vow from Osama bin Laden to liberate "the Holy Land" from Jews, Americans and Christians.
Documents written by Abu Hamza and read to the court described war against America as a "conflict between good and evil", and said "jihad will continue until the day of judgment".
"Every word is like a gem," Abu Hamza allegedly wrote of bin Laden. "Every word is of extreme importance," he added, promising to translate his speech "word for word" into English.
The court was also shown what appeared to be newsletters dated August 1998 and April 1999, and edited by Abu Hamza.
One speech apparently by Abu Hamza was titled "Never Feel Sorry for Wicked America".
Abu Hamza is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off at the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago. He usually has a hook for a hand, though US authorities have insisted he wear a prosthetic hand instead.