The trial of a Muslim cleric on charges of supporting terrorism and recruiting people for ISIS begins Friday in New York City, according to the American newspaper ” “.
The newspaper said that the man, called Abdullah Al-Faisal, arrived on a government plane Thursday from Jamaica, which recently agreed to hand him over to the US authorities.
According to the newspaper, “It is believed that the religious sermons that Al-Faisal recorded on video tapes helped inspire and recruit countless ISIS followers” in Syria.
“Most terrorism experts rate Al-Faisal, also known as Sheikh Faisal, as the most influential among the extremist Muslim preachers who speak the English language, after the leader in Al-Qaeda, Anwar Al-Awlaki,” she added.
Among the terrorists who claimed to have been affected by al-Faisal, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was accused of trying to blow up a plane over the US city of Detroit with explosives hidden in his underwear in 2008.
Al-Faisal, whose real name is Trevor William Forrest, was born in Jamaica in 1963 and raised from a Christian family, but he converted to Islam in 1980 and later changed his name.
The “Washington Post” says that Al-Faisal studied at the Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, one of the major universities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then moved to London, where he became a controversial preacher in the late 1990s and early 2000s.