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Report:Denver man to testify in Qaida case

  |   July 31, 2002 at 12:44 PM
SEATTLE, July 31 (UPI) -- A former Seattle community activist was transferred to Virginia to testify before a federal grand jury investigating al Qaida's alleged terrorist activities in the United States, it was reported Wednesday.

James Ujaama's lawyer told The Seattle Times that the one-time Seattle activist was "in transit" Tuesday to Virginia. Ujaama had been detained in Denver last week as a material witness in the grand jury probe of several possible terrorism cases.

A primary target of the grand jury is Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Muslim cleric in London who is believed to be an al Qaida recruiter.

According to federal terrorism investigators, Ujaama knew Abu Hamza and allegedly met with two al Qaida operatives Abu Hamza had dispatched to Oregon in 1999 to scout out an Oregon ranch as a possible site for an al Qaida training camp inside the United States.

Ujaama, who also has lived in London, operated the Web site for a London mosque that in the late 1990s was attended by the so-called "20th hijacker," Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, sources told the Times.

Ujaama has not been charged with any crime, but the Times said a search warrant affidavit used by agents who searched his Denver home stated he was suspected of supporting international terrorism.

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