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Abu Hamza denies aiding al Qaeda, militant groups

Abu Hamza al-Masri denies ever aiding al Qaeda or other militant groups. The radical Islamic cleric took the stand in his own trial in a New York court on Wednesday, denying he ever gave material support for terrorism. The one-eyed, handless cleric is accused of trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon, aiding militants in a deadly 1998 hostage operation and providing aid to al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Abu Hamza took the stand after the U.S. government's final witness testified. Mary Quin -- one of the tourists taken hostage in Yemen - described her daring escape, and also her confrontation with Abu Hamza two years later. He acknowledged he had spoken with Abu Hassan - the militants' leader - on the day of the kidnapping. But his lawyers have argued he intended to act as a mediator in the hostages' release. Abu Hamza is expected to be on the stand for several days.

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