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Hamza's son 'proud to be British'
Mohammed Kamel Mostafa
Mostafa was jailed in Yemen in 1999
The convicted terrorist son of jailed cleric Abu Hamza has sought to distance himself from the radical Islamic views of his father.

Mohammed Kamel Mostafa, 25, who served three years in jail for spearheading a bombing campaign in the Yemen in 1999, has said "I'm proud to be British".

Mostafa sparked anger last month when it emerged he had had a job working on the London Underground.

He told the BBC: "To defend myself, I've got nothing against this country."

Mostafa was sacked from his job working for a sub-contractor on the Tube network, when his identity was uncovered.

The media have got the wrong impression of me
Mohammed Kamel Mostafa

But he said he was only trying to earn money "like everybody else".

In an interview with the BBC World Service's Outlook programme, he said he understood why people reacted angrily "because they only hear what is being told to them".

"[But] I was just...struggling like a young man, trying to get some money, trying to get my head together in life," he said.

Mostafa was jailed after being convicted of plotting to sabotage economic and tourist sites in the Yemen, but claims he was innocent.

He said he got into trouble only because the media attention surrounding his father led to his arrest.

"Since then the media have got the wrong impression of me," he said.

'Different views'

He said he did not agree with his father's radical preaching, which led to the Muslim cleric to be jailed last February for seven years for inciting murder and racial hatred.

"Everybody has their own beliefs," Mostafa said. "If the media has a problem with my dad, they shouldn't come to me.

"I don't agree with everything my dad says, everybody has their different views. You can't force your religion on anyone.

"If you want to be a Muslim, be a Muslim, if you want to be a Jew, be a Jew, if you want to be a Christian, be a Christian."




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