One-Eyed, Hook-Handed Terrorist Gets Life in Prison
A federal judge on Friday sentenced one-eyed, hook-handed terrorist Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Al-Masri was convicted in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of four hostages, a plot to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon and other crimes.
According to The New York Post, Manhattan federal Judge Katherine Forrest said a life sentence is warranted because the Islamic cleric still believes his actions were justified.
Forrest also accused al-Masri of lying on the stand at trial and declined to make any recommendation on his future living arrangements.
Al-Masri maintains his innocence, and his lawyers will appeal the jury's decision.
Al-Masri’s crimes include helping terrorists communicate via satellite phone during a deadly kidnapping in Yemen, sending cronies to set up an al Qaeda training camp in Bly, Ore., and arranging for least one man to train as a terrorist in Afghanistan.
He initially gained infamy for wearing hooks in place of his missing hands while he delivered fiery sermons against America and Israel at London’s Finsbury Park Mosque.
Although he was allowed to keep his hooks while imprisoned in Britain for inciting murder and racial hatred, American authorities initially took them away as a security risk.
During the trial, he occasionally wore a prosthetic with two hook-shaped clamps, which he used to take notes and even eat doughnuts.
Evidence against al-Masri included video and audio recordings of him shouting at his followers and saying that non-Muslims can be treated like animals.
A victim who was shot in the leg during the kidnapping in Yemen also limped into court to describe her ordeal.
During his testimony, al-Masri denied that he engaged in terrorism or assisted al Qaeda.
He also said he lost his hands, part of his forearms and an eye in a 1993 accident while he was working as civil engineer for the Pakistani military.
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